Global Climate Change


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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    Climate Research at RAND

    May 17, 2019

    RAND researchers have a long history of shedding light on the social and economic implications of a changing climate, its impacts on the natural environment, and the challenges it poses to communities, regions, and our national security.

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    Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change

    Feb 26, 2019

    With climate change already generating storms, heat waves, and droughts beyond historical norms, local governments need to do more to prepare. A decisionmaking framework developed by RAND allows communities to stress-test ideas, weigh the trade-offs, and plan for a range of possible futures.

Explore Global Climate Change

  • Journal Article

    Shaping the Future

    Authors have developed an alternative framework focused on flexibility--finding, testing and implementing policies that work no matter what happens.

    Jan 1, 2005

  • Commentary

    Iraqi Oil and the Global Economy

    If Saddam Hussein is ousted as leader of Iraq, the United States will face critical decisions about the future of the world's second-largest oil reserves, writes policy analyst James Bartis.

    Jan 6, 2003

  • Commentary

    Missed Opportunities in Johannesburg

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Missed Opportunities in Johannesburg in United Press International on October 22, 2002.

    Oct 22, 2002

  • Journal Article

    Adaptive Strategies for Climate Change

    In this chapter the authors argue for a different approach to climate-change policy and thus a different use for forecasts.

    Jan 1, 2002

  • Journal Article

    Climate-change Strategy Needs to Be Robust

    Recommendation for use of ensembles of multiple scenarios to capture what is known about the long-term climate future.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • Journal Article

    Finding Transatlantic Common Ground on Climate Change?

    The US and European Union have reached an impasse over climate change, which threatens both transatlantic relations and the Earth's environment.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • Report

    Developing Countries & Global Climate Change: Electric Power Options for Growth

    This report, prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, investigates policy and technology choices in the electric power sector that can lower carbon dioxide and other air emissions, while maintaining or improving economic growth.

    Jan 1, 1999

  • Report

    Global warming, let's take this decade to prepare

    A key challenge facing climate change policy-makers is to balance the extensive uncertainty about the dangers of climate change--which suggests postponing costly action until more is known--against the risk that delay may constrain future options. Th...

    Jan 1, 1993

  • Report

    Managing Climatic Resources

    Only in the last century have we begun to observe the global ocean/atmosphere system in enough detail to discern the geographical patterns of climatic change.

    Jan 1, 1969

  • Journal Article

    Daytime and Nighttime Atmospheric Properties Derived from Rocket and Satellite Observations

    Upper air densities obtained by means of rockets and satellites in the region from 100 to about 800 km are presented.

    Jan 1, 1961

  • 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

  • Journal Article

    Solar-stream Distortion of the Geomagnetic Field and Polar Electrojets

    Solar stream distortion of the geomagnetic field, polar auroras, electrojets.

    Jan 1, 1961

  • Content

    Gemma-Claire Ali

    Education M.Sc. in global mental health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / King's College London; B.A. in geography, University of Cambridge

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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

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; 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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    Nicholas Burger

    Director, Washington Office; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in economics and philosophy, University of Southern California

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    Carlos Calvo Hernandez

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education 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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    Joseph C. Chang

    Senior Physical Scientist
    Education PhD in computational science and informatics, George Mason University; MS in meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BS in atmospheric science, National Taiwan University

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    Ramya Chari

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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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