RAND Climate Resilience Center

Bringing together trans-disciplinary research teams to build equitable, use-inspired climate resilience solutions.

A man and young child leaning against a fence looking out into a field containing wind turbines. Photo by SolStock / Getty Images

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The RAND Climate Resilience Center helps to build solutions for organizations to become more resilient to the myriad impacts of the changing climate. The center conducts policy research and develops innovative tools to support decisionmakers at all levels of government, as well as diverse stakeholders from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, by addressing how we plan, build, and sustain our societal and physical systems. Guided by four institutional values: equity, adaptive management, access, and collaboration, the center organizes across three interdisciplinary focus areas to look at problems and solutions in comprehensive, evidence-based ways.

The RAND Climate Resilience Center is uniquely suited to bring together cross-disciplinary research teams to identify emerging climate resilience challenges, apply state-of-the-art methods to tackle problems from multiple perspectives, address uncertainty that is often ignored, and recommend solutions that are effective and enduring.

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  • Climate Resilience Research Communications

    Research and policy findings themselves are important but, by themselves, insufficient to drive change. It is their communication—spoken, written, and visualized—that determines how many and which stakeholders internalize, reflect, and use the research.

    Sep 12, 2023

  • How Does Climate Change Affect Force Readiness?

    Droughts, flooding, wildfires, and tropical storms are likely to become more severe as global temperatures rise. Understanding the links between climate and readiness can help the U.S. military ensure that forces are able to reliably and affordably sustain readiness in a changing climate.

    May 24, 2023

Climate Resilience Focus Areas

RAND has a long history of conducting research on policy and planning challenges related to global climate change. RAND's body of work is centered on three focus areas.

Social Equity in Climate Resilience

We are committed to justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as fundamental principles guiding our climate resilience research, outreach, and education activities.

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Aureliano Dominguez drinks water after finishing a landscaping job as a heat wave continues in Portland, Oregon, August 12, 2021, photo by Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

Photo by Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Science and Assessments

    Helping Mid-Atlantic communities become more resilient to a changing climate through improved data, place-based decision support, and public engagement.

  • Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities

    The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) assesses and addresses the social, economic, and public health impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico region. It was established in 2015 with a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

The Tomorrow Demands Today campaign supports RAND's research on climate resilience and other related topics

More about RAND’s prior climate research

Contact Us

Write to us at crc@rand.org.