May 8, 2017
RAND experts created a searchable literature review on the health impacts of oil spills. The objective of this tool is to identify both what was already known about the effects of oil spills and to help fill gaps in our knowledge.
RAND Gulf States reports and working papers are organized by six main categories; below is a list of the most recent RAND publications on the Gulf Coast states:
Louisiana has received recent attention for some of its new education policies and promising early results. This report provides an in-depth description of Louisiana's approach to improving student outcomes since 2012. The authors examine the state's strategies and potential challenges in four areas: early childhood education, K–12 academics, K–12 teacher preparation, and graduation pathways.
ViMM helps identify gaps between the values used by the public and experts to understand risk factors and strategies. This study suggests a framework to construct a more explicit model of the public's and CRM experts' and climate scientists' values.
This report describes the results of an evaluation of the potential benefits for coastal Louisiana from a barrier across the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain. Conducted in advance of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan, it includes estimates of the reduction in storm surge and wave heights, flood depths, and economic damage with proposed barrier options in place. It also estimates potential induced economic damage in neighboring areas.
This report presents an economic evaluation of assets and activities at risk from land loss and associated storm damage in coastal Louisiana. The results show a significant level of risk to economic assets and activity in Louisiana.
This study quantifies the economic assets and activity that is at risk from the process of land loss in coastal Louisiana in a future without restoration and protection efforts to minimize or mitigate land loss.