Climate Risks and Resilience
Communities and decisionmakers across the globe are grappling with how to measure climate risks as they seek to respond to the impacts of climate change, from coastal flooding due to sea level rise to heat waves and wildfires. Experts at Resources for the Future (RFF) are quantifying the economic and social impacts of climate change and evaluating strategies to enhance resilience, ensuring that communities and decisionmakers are equipped with the tools they need to respond.
Unpriced Climate Risk and the Potential Consequences of Overvaluation in US Housing Markets
Because the increasing costs of flooding are not fully captured in property values, residential properties exposed to flood risk are overvalued by $121–$237 billion.
Insurance Availability and Affordability under Increasing Wildfire Risk in California
Wildfire insurance is critical for rebuilding communities after a disaster. Learn more about the existing gaps, challenges, and opportunities.
Flood Insurance, Resilience, and Recovery from Disasters: The Case of Eastern Kentucky
Last year's devastating flooding in Kentucky highlighted the need for broader uptake in flood insurance to help households recover, especially those in disadvantaged communities.
Adaptation and Resilience
Building resilience and adapting to a changing world
Assessing the design and application of policies to build resilience
Developing environmental management solutions
Hurricanes and Flooding
Studying the impacts of hurricanes and flooding on people and the environment
Insurance and Disaster Aid
Examining ways to make insurance options more affordable
Examining costs and benefits to inform investment and implementation
Informing effective water management policies, from water rights to quality
Analyzing how communities, land managers, and policymakers can mitigate wildfire disasters
Margaret A. Walls
Margaret Walls is a senior fellow at RFF. Her current research focuses on issues related to resilience and adaptation to extreme events, ecosystem services, and conservation, parks and public lands.
Matthew Wibbenmeyer is a fellow at RFF. His research seeks to understand climate impacts and climate mitigation policies related to the forest and land sectors, with a special focus on wildfire.
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