RAND researchers and collaborators present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making, is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Motivation

  • Chapter Two

    The Robust Decision Making Framework

  • Chapter Three

    Colorado Springs Utilities — Climate Risk Assessment in an Integrated Water Resource Plan

  • Chapter Four

    Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Management for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection

  • Chapter Five


  • Appendix A

    Colorado Springs Utilities Pilot Study Supplemental Material

  • Appendix B

    New York City Department of Environmental Protection Pilot Study Supplemental Material

  • Appendix C

    Case Studies of Utility Vulnerability Assessments

The research described in this report was prepared for the Water Research Foundation and conducted in the Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program within RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

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