Global Climate Change

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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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    Civilians and Military Collaborate to Address Climate Change

    May 13, 2020

    The Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to more than 1.7 million people, a major port, and more military installations than anywhere else in the United States. Its rising sea levels and floods brought together civilian and military officials on a project to mitigate damage and foster resiliency.

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    Environment, Geography, and the Future of Warfare

    May 11, 2020

    Some of the most significant environmental and geographic trends that could affect U.S. national security and the future of warfare are rising global temperatures, the opening of the Arctic, sea level rise, extreme weather events, water scarcity, and increasing urbanization.

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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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    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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    Hardika Dayalani

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in public administration, University of Pennsylvania; B.Tech. (Hons) in ocean engineering and naval architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

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    David DeSmet

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in materials science and engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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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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    David G. Groves

    Codirector, 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
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, University of Maryland; B.A. in liberal arts, Sarah Lawrence College

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    Nidhi Kalra

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. 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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    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., University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China

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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

    Policy Researcher
    Education Sc.D. in epidemiology and environmental health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; M.P.H., Rutgers University; B.E. in environmental engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

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    Michelle E. Miro

    Engineer
    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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    Pauline Paille

    Research Assistant
    Education M.A. in international relations, Sciences Po Bordeaux

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    Karishma Patel

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

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    Evan D. Peet

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    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, Community Health and Environmental Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in environmental biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in biology, College of William & Mary