Emmi Yonekura

Emmi Yonekura
Physical Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in atmospheric science, Columbia University; B.S. in applied mathematics, Columbia University

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Emmi Yonekura (she/her) is a physical scientist in the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her recent research focuses on climate change impacts on national security and strategic and operational military readiness. Recently, Yonekura was principal investigator for research regarding geopolitical risks of climate geoengineering, training technologies for both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force. She is currently engaged in a variety of research efforts, including building a framework for measuring space security cooperation, understanding the impact of sexual harassment/sexual assault on military readiness, and assessing how the Space Force differentiates between officer and enlisted guardians.

Prior to RAND, Yonekura consulted for the research and development team at Aon Benfield, a reinsurance broker, where she worked on impact forecasting and catastrophe modeling. She also serves as a peer-review journal reviewer for climate and earth science publications. Yonekura received her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Columbia University with a research focus on risk analysis using climate-dependent statistical models of tropical cyclones. She conducted her postdoctoral research at Princeton University, where she explored new statistical modeling techniques for natural hazard risk assessment. 


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    The RAND Blog