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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.

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    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.

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    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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    Nidhi Kalra

    Director, San Francisco Bay Area Office; Codirector, RAND Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty; Senior Information Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.S. in robotics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in computer science, Cornell University

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    Kurt Klein

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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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; 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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    Zhimin Mao

    Adjunct Policy Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in business and technology management, Clarkson University

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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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    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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    Constantine Samaras

    Adjunct Senior Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy and civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; M.P.A. in public policy, New York University; B.S. in civil engineering, Bucknell University

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    Regina A. Shih

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

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    Elizabeth Thornton

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in climate and society, Columbia University; B.A. in mass communication, Loyola University New Orleans

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    Devin Tierney

    Research Assistant
    Education B.S. in geobiology, Penn State University

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    Abbie Tingstad

    Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in geography, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Sc. in environmental geomorphology, University of Oxford; B.S. in mathematics, MIT

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    Sara Turner

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international studies, University of Denver; B.A. in economics and international relations, Gonzaga University

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    Drake Warren

    Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in spatial analysis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA in economics, Northwestern University; BA in mathematical economic analysis, Rice University

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    Katie Whipkey

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.Sc. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in psychology, The Ohio State University

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    Rushil Zutshi

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education MS in enery science, technology and policy, Carnegie Mellon University; BTech in electrical and electronics engineering, VIT University, India

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    RAND Review: Spring 2014

    The Spring 2014 RAND Review features the implications of climate change for the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the EU.