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Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow
202-328-5043
macauley@rff.org
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PROFILE
Molly Macauley's research interests include space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies for research and understanding of the interactions between people and natural resources, the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation, climate and earth science, and recycling and solid waste management. She serves on numerous special committees of the National Academy of Sciences and federal agencies.
  
Featured Publications
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Forest Carbon Economics: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Whether it Matters
Molly K Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Climate Change Economics | December 2012 | Vol. 3, No.4
 
Policy for Robust Space-Based Earth Science, Technnology, and Applications
Molly Macauley, Molly E. Brown, Vanessa M. Escobar, Josef Aschbacher, Maria Pilar Milagro-Perez, Bradley Doorn and Lawrence Friedl
Space Policy | February 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 1 | pp. 76-82
 
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Challenges in Measuring, Monitoring and Verifying
Roger Sedjo and Molly Macauley
Environment Magazine | July/August 2012 | Vol. 54, No. 4 | pp. 16-23
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Managing Risk through Liability, Regulation, and Innovation: Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations
Nathan D. Richardson, Molly K. Macauley, Mark A. Cohen, Robert Anderson, and Adam Stern
Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy | 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-63
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Technological and Regulatory Impediments for Global Carbon Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Technology Law Journal | 2011 | 26(3): 1387-1408
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. | June 2011 | Vol. 15, No. 5 | pp. 499-513
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Possibilities and Limitations
Molly K. Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Journal of Forestry | December 2011 | 109(8): 470-473
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
Earth Observations in US National Space Strategy
Molly K Macauley
Astropolitics | Vol. 8, No. 2-3 | 205-219
 
Valuing Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefits
Molly K. Macauley and Ramanan Laxminarayan
Space Policy | November 2010 | Vol. 26, No. 4. | pp. 249-551
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
Water Quality, Property Rights, and Homeland Security: What Role for Remote Sensing in the Next Decade?
Molly K. Macauley
2006 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium and 27th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing | IEEE | Denver CO | August 2, 2006
 
Challenges and Opportunities in Using Satellite Data for Water Resources: Economic and Policy Issues
Molly K. Macauley
The Contribution of Satellite Data to Efficient Freshwater Management | Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University | Washington, DC | March 14, 2007
 
Innovation and Technology Policy and Economics: The Case of Space
Molly K. Macauley
Invited Graduate Program Lecture, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University | David Simpson, professor of class | Washington DC | April 2, 2007
 
Economic Issues in Interstate Shipments of Municipal Solid Waste
Molly K. Macauley
22nd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management | Widener University | Philadelphia PA | March 19, 2007
 
Earth Observations as Environmental Statistics
Molly Macauley
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2007 | American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics | Los Angeles, CA | September 19, 2007
 
Earth Observation Measurements and Models as Information and Research for Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley
Examining the Vision | Stanford University | Stanford University | February 13, 2008
 
The Role of Earth Obserations in Valuing Resources and the Environment
Molly Macauley
American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting 2007 | American Geophysical Union | San Francisco | December 11, 2007
 
Space Policy Choices: Commerce and Space
Molly K. Macauley
National Space Forum 2008: Space Challenges Facing the New American Administration of 2009 | Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, United States Air Force Academy | Washington, DC | February 7, 2008
 
Visualizing and Using Earth Observations Data
Molly K Macauley
Space and Earth Science: Fifty Years and Counting | National Academy of Sciences | Washington DC | June 26, 2008
 
Integrated Assessment Models for Climate: Ready for Prime Time?
Molly Macauley
Energy Modeling Forum, Stanford University | Stanford University | Snowmass, Colorado | August 1, 2008
 
The Role of Earth Science in Informing Climate Policy and Policy Evaluation
Molly Macauley
NASA Applied Earth Sciences Summer Retreat | NASA | Keystone Colorado | August 12, 2008
 
Insurance and Climate Change: Managing Extremes
Molly K. Macauley
Insurance and Climate Change | The Wharton School (Risk Management and Decision Processes Center) and the University of Maryland | College Park, MD | October 30, 2008
 
Visualizing and Using Earth Observations Data (Presentation)
Molly K. Macauley
The First 50 Years of Space and Earth Science: A National Academy of Sciences Town Hall | National Academy of Sciences | Washington, DC | June 26, 2008
 
An Integrated Assessment Framework of Crop Production and its Pollution
Richard Bernknopf and Molly Macauley
ACES Conference | USGS, USEPA, USDoI, USFWS, NSF, NPS, BLM, NOAA, USDA | Naples, Florida | December 11, 2008
 
Ecosystem Services: Towards A New Research Agenda (Invited Plenary Presentation)
Molly K. Macauley
ACES Conference | USGS, USDoI, USEPA, USFWS, NSF, NPS, NOAA, USDA | Naples, Florida | December 11, 2008
 
Waste Not, Want Not: Economic and Legal Challenges of Regulation-Induced Innovation in Waste Technology and Management
Molly K. Macauley
24th International Conference on Waste Management | Widener University | Philadelphia PA | March 17, 2009
 
Towards a World Forest Virtual Observatory
Molly K. Macauley
Environmental Decision Making | Cal Tech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory | UCSB | July 8, 2009
 
Economics and Earth Observations: Issues in Measuring Global Forests
Molly K. Macauley
California as Seen From Space | California Institute of Technology | Pasadena, CA | September 14, 2009
 
Climate Policy: Carbon Offsets and Earth Observations, Economics, and Measurement
Molly Macauley
Climate Change, Global Change | NASA | Washington, DC | November 23, 2009
 
The Value of Space Weather Information
Molly K. Macauley
48th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium | American Astronautical Society and NASA | Greenbelt, MD | March 10, 2010
 
Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Molly Maculey
Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications | Resources for the Future | June 28, 2010
 
The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River Basin and Green Bay, Lake Michigan
Carolyn Kousky
GeoTools | NOAA | March 21, 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Economics and Policy Design of a Global Carbon Monitoring System
Molly Macauley
NASA CMS Briefing | RFF | September 8, 2011
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Use of MODIS Vegetation Data in Dynamic SPARROW Modeling of Reactive Nitrogen Flux (Poster)
Richard Smith, John Brakebill, Gregory Schwarz, Anne Nolin, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Joel Blomquist, Richard Alexander, and Molly Macauley
2012 AGU Fall Meeting | American Geophysical Union | San Francisco | December 3, 2012
 
  
NEWS
How did space become junk’s final frontier?
Friday, November 08, 2013
FT Magazine
X Prize Foundation will crowdfund three new prizes. How it's a game-changer.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor
Space trash is a big problem. These economists have a solution.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Washington Post
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