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David Groves

Codirector, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center

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David Groves is codirector of the RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in the development and use of exploratory modeling and robust decisionmaking methods for long-term policy analysis. His primary practice areas include long-term natural resource planning in the water resources, energy, and coastal ecosystem restoration and flood risk mitigation sectors. He is currently leading a RAND team on a large project for the Delta Stewardship Council developing an investment strategy for California Bay Delta levees to reduce risk and improve water supply reliability and ecosystem function. He recently completed a high-profile technical analysis evaluating potential climate impacts on Africa’s infrastructure plans for the World Bank. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Groves co-led RAND’s two-year long effort to support the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Study. He also led the RAND team that developed the planning framework and decision support tool that was used to support Louisiana’s 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, for which he was awarded a RAND President’s Choice award. Dr. Groves earned a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Science and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. He earned an M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.