Environmental and Natural Resource Management

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The use and conservation of natural resources such as water, land, soil, plants, and animals affects a multitude of industries, from agriculture and mining to tourism, fishing, and forestry. RAND researchers concerned about ecosystems and sustainability pursue studies in flooding, nuclear energy, drought, coastal restoration, and more in their quest to mitigate the potential adverse effects of mismanagement.

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    Achieving Decarbonization and Energy Equity Through Reconciliation

    Sep 9, 2021

    The past two years have witnessed increasingly vocal calls for rapid decarbonization of the global economy through a clean energy transition. How can Congress ensure that new costs associated with a clean energy transition do not fall disproportionately on lower-income ratepayers?

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    Water Planning for the Uncertain Future

    Mar 8, 2021

    Recent climatic shifts likely will continue to affect water resources management in significant but uncertain ways. This tool provides information about decisionmaking under deep uncertainty methods—specifically, Robust Decision Making—through five case studies.

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    A Water-Quality Simulation Model for Well Mixed Estuaries and Coastal Seas: Vol. V, Jamaica Bay Rainstorms

    A simulation measuring the effects of stormdrain flooding on the water quality of Jamaica Bay, N.Y. Sewage entering Jamaica Bay in dry weather is treated, but storm runoff can overtax treatment plants, whereupon untreated water enters the bay.

    Jan 1, 1972

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    The Behavior of the Water Quality Simulation Model

    Two draft chapters for a volume of the series, A Water Quality Simulation Model for Well-Mixed Estuaries and Coastal Areas.

    Jan 1, 1972

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    Report

    The Price of Fire: The Application of Modern Technology to the Improvement of Man's Environment

    Methods of applying the Promethean fire of technology to solve environmental problems.

    Jan 1, 1972

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    Report

    Environmental Simulation Tool in a Marine Waste Disposal Study of Jamaica Bay

    Description of a model of fluid waste discharges in an estuary involving relationships between the waste load, the location of discharges, the degree of treatment, the geometry of the estuary, the flow in the estuary, and the temperature.

    Jan 1, 1970

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  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Reply to Some Comments by Malville Concerning the Midnight Auroral Maximum

    Movement of geomagneticall trapped radiation toward lower latitudes on the night side of the earth.

    Jan 1, 1961

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    Kyle Haak

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in physics, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Carlos Calvo Hernandez

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.A. in international policy and management, New York University; B.S. in mathematics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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    Katherine Anania

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.E.S.M. in environmental science and management, UC Santa Barbara; M.A. in economics, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in environmental studies, Emory University

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    Ismael Arciniegas Rueda

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, SUNY Albany; M.A. in economics, SUNY Albany

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    Craig A. Bond

    Quality Assurance (QA) Manager, Forces and Resources Policy Center (FRP), National Security Research Division (NSRD); Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Davis; M.S. in economics, Colorado State University; B.A. in economics, Frostburg State University

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    R. J. Briggs

    Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A.S. in economics, UC Davis; B.A.S. in mathematics, UC Davis; Ph.D. in economics, University of Texas

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    Gary Cecchine

    Director, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in biology and public policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in marine science and biology, University of Tampa

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    Noreen Clancy

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, RAND Pardee Graduate School; Associate Research Department Director, Global Research Talent Operations
    Education M.S. in environmental science and policy, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in criminology and law, University of Florida

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    Endy M. Daehner

    Director of Operations, Global Research Talent, Senior Physical Scientist
    Education B.A. in human biology, Stanford University; Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology

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    Melissa L. Finucane

    Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, University of Western Australia

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    Jordan R. Fischbach

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in history, Columbia University

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    David G. Groves

    Director, RAND Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty; Adjunct Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in atmospheric sciences, University of Washington; M.S. in earth systems, Stanford University; B.S. in geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University

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    Debra Knopman

    Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S. in civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. in chemistry, Wellesley College