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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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    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.

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    Shira Efron

    Policy Researcher, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Special Advisor on Israel
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil 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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    David G. Groves

    Director, RAND Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty; Codirector, RAND 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; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education PhD in public policy, University of Maryland; BA in liberal arts, Sarah Lawrence College

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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

    Codirector, RAND Climate Resilience Center; Quality Assurance Manager, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center; 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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    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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    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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    Chelsea Kolb

    Associate Engineer
    Education PhD in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; MS in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; BA in mathematics, College of Saint Benedict; BA in economics, College of Saint Benedict

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    Weilong Kong

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in public administration, University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China

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    Jaime Madrigano

    Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    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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    Michelle E. Miro

    Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in water resources engineering, UCLA; M.S. in water resources engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in humanities, University of Texas at Austin

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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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    Regina A. Shih

    Director, Social and Behavioral Policy Program; 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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    Michael Simpson

    Policy Analyst
    Education BA in history, Stanford University; MPA in public affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; PhD (in progress) in political science, UCLA

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    Scott Stephenson

    Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in geography, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in geography, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in human biology, Stanford University

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    Devin Tierney

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

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    Abbie Tingstad

    Senior Physical Scientist
    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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    Kristin Van Abel

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental science, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in biology, UC Santa Barbara

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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