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Global climate models developed by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict glacial retreat, rises in sea level, and other impacts on human and natural activity, from agriculture to migratory patterns. RAND researchers have studied and are continuing to examine the effects of climate change, particularly how governments and businesses respond to both observed changes and projected scenarios.

  • Floating ice and iceberg in Antarctic Peninsula

    Commentary

    When It Comes to Climate, Look for Vulnerabilities in Policy, Not Science

    Aug 4, 2017

    Federal policymakers have picked up on the concept of red teaming — actively seeking out one's own vulnerabilities. While red teaming may not make sense for climate science, it does offer great benefits when weighing climate policy options.

  • Miami skyline at night

    Report

    Urban Responses to Climate Change

    Dec 7, 2016

    More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. Thus, cities lie at the epicenter of America's response to climate change. Analysis can inform how cities choose strategies and allocate resources.

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    Noreen Clancy

    Senior Policy Analyst
    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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    Shira Efron

    Associate Policy Researcher, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A in international affairs/business, New York University; B.Sc. in biology, Tel Aviv University

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    Jordan R. Fischbach

    Codirector, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center; Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    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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    Melissa L. Finucane

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

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    Jon Freeman

    Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science, RAND Europe
    Education D.Phil. in chemistry, University of York, UK; B.Sc.(Hons.) in chemistry, University of York, UK

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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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    Jalal Awan

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in green technologies, University of Southern California; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore

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    Gulrez Shah Azhar

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.D. in community medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, India; M.P.H. in advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, Universities of Sheffield and Copenhagen and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique; M.B.B.S. in medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, India

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    Scott G. Davis

    Visiting Fellow
    Education M.E.P. in environmental/urban planning, Arizona State University; B.S. in regional development, University of Arizona

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    Jonathan Lamb

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.Sc. in visualization, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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    Robert J. Lempert

    Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition; Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in applied physics, S.M. in applied physics and science policy, Harvard University; B.A.S. in physics and political science, Stanford University

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    Jaime Madrigano

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Sc.D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; M.P.H., Rutgers University; B.E., Stevens Institute of Technology

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    Miriam Elizabeth Marlier

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education PhD in earth and environmental sciences, Columbia University; BS in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences, UCLA

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    Michelle E. Miro

    Associate Engineer
    Education PhD in civil engineering, UCLA; M.S. in civil engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in humanities, University of Texas at Austin

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    Karishma Patel

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A., Harvard University; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Evan D. Peet

    Economist, Assoc
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Duke University; M.A. in economics, Duke University; B.A. in economics, math, statistics, Brigham Young University

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    Benjamin Lee Preston

    Director, Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in environmental biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in biology, College of William & Mary

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    David A. Galvan

    Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics, UCLA; M.S. in geophysics and space physics, UCLA; B.S. in physics, UC San Diego

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    David G. Groves

    Codirector, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center; Senior 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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    Timothy R. Gulden

    Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in public policy, University of Maryland; BA in liberal arts, Sarah Lawrence College