About the RAND Climate Resilience Center

Flood relief worker in Montenegro

Flood relief worker in Montenegro

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Decisionmakers from diverse industries and sectors across the United States and abroad are often challenged to develop short- and long-term plans to improve resilience to natural disasters and other climate-influenced threats to societal and physical systems. These plans also often seek to increase the function and sustainability of ecosystems and critical infrastructure, improvement of water resources planning, and other key goals associated with organizational as well as place-based capacity to adapt to and mitigate risks of climate change.

The planning challenge is growing as the impacts of climate change emerge, exacerbated by rising sea levels, droughts and extreme heat, changes in precipitation and storm patterns, population growth and land use changes, and other uncertain drivers. As coastal communities in Louisiana and New York have learned after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, for example, effective planning means working across traditional jurisdictional boundaries, with diverse entities working together to resolve key tradeoffs and identify consensus, implementable solutions. Similarly, cities and large metropolitan regions, such as the city of Pittsburgh and other municipalities in Allegheny County, are at the forefront of efforts to address vulnerabilities to aging infrastructure and stormwater management systems that exceedingly at risk to future and uncertain changes in climatic, population, land-use, and economic conditions.

Our Capabilities and Experience

The RAND Climate Resilience Center, or RAND CRC, works to improve decisionmaking around climate response, adaptation, and mitigation by applying innovative methods and multidisciplinary, systems-based approaches. RAND CRC supports better decisions, planning, and resilience-building strategies by combining objective policy analysis with state-of-the-art decision support. The Center provides public, private, not-for-profit, and philanthropic clients with a host of unique service offerings and value-adds that include:

  • Assembling cross-disciplinary research teams that bring together a wide range of expertise, drawing upon decades of experience in providing research services, systematic analysis, and innovative thinking to global clientele upon decades of experience providing best-in-class research services, systematic analysis, and innovative thinking to a global clientele;
  • Designing and delivering innovative methods that are customized to improve decisionmaking under deep uncertainty and help clients meet a range of resilience planning goals
  • Providing data-driven, interactive decision analysis designed to support participatory planning and strategy development

For more information, please contact us at crc@rand.org.