Water and Climate Resilience Center

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The RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, or WCRC, addresses one of the most significant policy challenges of our time: changing how we plan, build, and sustain our societal and physical systems to become more resilient to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. This growing need is particularly relevant for water resources management, including freshwater supply, water quality assurance, flood risk management, agricultural and industrial use, and coastal and urban water planning. Water is a key area of concern for climate-influenced disaster risk, from which warming impacts have already been felt in recent decades.

RAND's WCRC conducts policy research and develops innovative tools to support decisionmakers at all levels of government, as well as diverse stakeholders from the private and philanthropic sectors, as they confront challenges presented by climate change. RAND is uniquely suited to bring together cross-disciplinary research teams to identify emerging water and climate resilience challenges, apply state-of-the-art methods to tackle problems from multiple perspectives and address uncertainty that is often ignored, and recommend solutions that are effective and enduring.

Water & Climate Resilience Projects

RAND has a long history of conducting research on policy and planning challenges related to water and global climate change. RAND's growing body of work focuses on the following topics:

  • Water Resources Planning

    WCRC works directly with water planners from utilities and agencies across the United States and internationally to help them address climate change and other long-term challenges in their planning.

  • Coastal Resilience

    WCRC works directly with descisionmakers in coastal regions across the United States and internationally to help them better prepare for, and reduce the impacts of, climate change and coastal disasters — particularly those that can lead to risk of more frequent and damaging flood events.

  • Urban Resilience

    WCRC supports decisionmakers in cities and large metropolitan regions to understand and respond to climate change, enhance resilience and adaptive capacity, and address the challenges of an uncertain future.

  • Community Resilience

    RAND has implemented and evaluated community resilience-building activities worldwide. WCRC focuses on areas where water risks — such as flooding or drought — pose particular problems.

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