RFF scholars pioneered the fields of environmental and resource economics. Now, RFF is working with leading national and global partners—from technologists at NASA to climate scientists at our European institute—to apply an economic lens to the most important environmental and resource questions of the 21st century.

Adaptation and Resilience

Building resilience and adapting to a changing world

Carbon Pricing

Examining the design and implications of carbon pricing policies for the economy and the environment

Climate Finance and Financial Risk

Improving the measurement and modeling of climate risks to financial markets

Climate Risks and Impacts

Analyzing risk and measuring impacts to inform critical climate decisions

Comprehensive Climate Strategies

Generating ideas to drive emissions reductions efficiently and equitably

Data and Decision Tools

Utilizing economic concepts and tools to design and evaluate local, state, regional, and national policies

Earth Observation for Policy

Remote-sensing data can inform policy and other decisionmaking

Electric Power

Conducting research to inform the ongoing transformation and decarbonization of the electricity sector

Environmental Justice

Informing decisionmaking that takes environmental and social justice into account

Equity in the Energy Transition

Exploring solutions to the challenges raised by a transition away from fossil fuels

Federal Climate Policy

Using the best-available data to inform US federal action to address climate change

Industry and Fuels

Solutions to decarbonize industry and transition away from fossil fuels

International Climate Policy

Providing global analysis and policy solutions needed to achieve ambitious climate targets

Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture

Examining the way natural, agricultural, and urban land is used and managed

Natural Resources

Examining how humans interact with natural resources, from species to water

Social Cost of Carbon

Improving the science behind estimating the social cost of carbon


Understanding the costs, benefits, and consequences of transportation policies