Bringing together trans-disciplinary research teams to build equitable, use-inspired climate resilience solutions.
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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.
Geoengineering technologies that could block the sun's rays or siphon huge amounts of carbon from the air are not that far out of reach. Yet the international community has not established the kinds of guardrails you might expect for potentially world-changing technologies.
Los Angeles, once the U.S. capital of smog and sprawl, has vowed to lead the nation into a cleaner, greener future by stamping out carbon pollution. A small array of sensors installed on the roof of RAND's Santa Monica headquarters could help it get there.
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.
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.