June 2019

RAND Climate Resilience Center

Message from the Codirectors

David Groves and Jordan Fischbach

David Groves and Jordan Fischbach

Welcome to the latest newsletter from RAND Climate Resilience Center (CRC). We are excited to announce our new name, which broadens our focus to all things Climate Resilience. We continue to highlight RAND’s work in this area on our website.

Researchers working in the center have been busy completing different types of climate resiliency studies across the United States, from South Florida to Jamaica Bay to the San Francisco Bay Delta. These efforts showcase the value of applying objective, quantitative methods to help regions adapt to climate change, even in the face of tremendous future uncertainty. These methods focus on supporting deliberations about tradeoffs and require the development of planning support tools, developed concurrently with the analysis. Visit our website for an example of a tool developed to help prioritize investments in the California Bay-Delta levees based on different types of current and future risks. Or check out the most recent Climate Impacts Summary, focused on extreme precipitation for the Chesapeake Bay region, developed by the RAND’s NOAA-supported MARISA Center.

We have also been expanding the evaluations of potential climate risks beyond the physical, ecological, and infrastructure to include impacts on communities and people, with a focus on equity. Building on our support for resilience planning in Pittsburgh, for example, we recently developed a range of Equity Indicators for the city, and are currently evaluating the potential risk reduction benefits from green infrastructure for key neighborhoods of focus.

CRC researchers also recently made significant contributions to support Puerto Rico’s economic and disaster recovery plan. Conducted through the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) with support from FEMA, a cross-sectoral team identified pre-hurricane challenges, estimated damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and helped prioritize $139 billion in investments to support Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery. This analysis will be documented in a series of forthcoming research reports.

Lastly, we are thrilled to see the release of a new open source book—Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty: From Theory to Practice—by Springer. It includes chapters on different DMDU methods. Robert Lempert authored a chapter on Robust Decision Making and both CRC directors co-authored a chapter on applications of RDM to water planning and climate mitigation policies.

We encourage you to reach out to us (crc@rand.org), and as always appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

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Sincerely,

David Groves
Senior Policy Researcher

Jordan Fischbach
Senior Policy Researcher