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. Her recent research focuses on climate change impacts on national security as well as topics concerning strategic and operational military readiness. Recently, Yonekura was a principal investigator for USSF modeling, simulation, and analysis strategy; climate thresholds for DAF mission inoperability; DAF advanced training technologies; and direct support of DAF OI-7. She has also recently engaged in research efforts to assess the impact of climate change on U.S. military training as well as how the USSF defines its personnel roles.

Prior to RAND, Yonekura consulted for the research and development team at Aon Benfield, where she worked on catastrophe modeling. She 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 employed statistical modeling techniques for natural hazard risk assessment. 

Selected Publications

Yonekura, Emmi, David Schulker, Irina A. Chindea, Ajay K. Kochhar, Andrea M. Abler, Mark Toukan, and Matthew Walsh, Air Force Readiness Assessment: How Training Infrastructure Can Provide Better Information for Decisionmaking, RAND Corporation (RR-A992-2), 2023

Grisé, Michelle, Emmi Yonekura, Jonathan S. Blake, David DeSmet, Anusree Garg, and Benjamin Lee Preston, Climate Control: International Legal Mechanisms for Managing the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, RAND Corporation (PE-A1133-1), 2021

Yonekura, Emmi, Brian Dolan, Moon Kim, Krista Romita Grocholski, Raza Khan, and Yool Kim, Commercial Space Capabilities and Market Overview: The Relationship Between Commercial Space Developments and the U.S. Department of Defense, RAND Corporation (RR-A578-2), 2022

McClintock, Bruce, Dan McCormick, Katie Feistel, Ajay K. Kochhar, Mary Lee, Douglas C. Ligor, Jan Osburg, Henri van Soest, and Emmi Yonekura, Select Space Concepts for the New Space Era, RAND Corporation (PE-A2644-1), 2023