Some Thoughts on the Role of Robust Control Theory in Climate-Related Decision Support

An Editorial Comment

Published in: Climatic Change, v. 107, no. 3-4, Aug. 2011, p. 241-246

Posted on RAND.org on August 01, 2011

by Robert J. Lempert, Shawn McKay

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Climate change is sure to surprise us, both in its impacts and in the technological and behavioral changes that will affect society's ability to respond (NRC 2009). Any successful response to climate change--both the challenges of limiting the magnitude of future climate change and adapting to its impacts--will clearly involve policies that evolve over time in response to new information and that are robust over a wide range of difficult-to-predict future conditions. Recent years have seen expanding interest in decision frameworks and approaches to help identify and evaluate such policies. Funke and Paetz (2011) offer robust control theory as one means to evaluate such robust and adaptive policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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