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Fresh water is an essential and often scarce resource, and ensuring its optimum use and availability for sanitation, drinking, manufacturing, leisure, and agriculture requires significant planning. RAND research on water resources management has focused on flooding in Vietnam, scarcity along the Colorado River Basin, California's water plan, and Qatar's environmental needs.

  • The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River on the border of Arizona and Nevada, photo by stryjek / Adobe Stock

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    Water Planning for the Uncertain Future

    Recent climatic shifts likely will continue to affect water resources management in significant but uncertain ways. This tool provides information about decisionmaking under deep uncertainty methods—specifically, Robust Decision Making—through five case studies.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • An aerial view of Central Texas homes under water at Graveyard Point neighborhood community in the flood plain of Lake Travis, photo by RoschetzkyIstockPhoto / Getty Images

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    RAND's History of Climate Research

    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.

    May 17, 2019

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