Using independent, interdisciplinary scientific analysis to inform climate policy globally

Climate-smart decision-making

RTI uses reliable science and data to inform decision-making, helping to ensure policies and planning are built upon trustworthy evidence. Our experts incorporate the latest climate projections to analyze the social, environmental, and economic impacts of various climate scenarios. Using tools such as vulnerability risk assessments, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission baselines and forecasts, environmental and economic models, and climate resilience plans, we translate data into information that is relevant for a given organization. This actionable information helps governments, businesses, utilities, and other agencies and organizations understand the tradeoffs in each scenario and gives them the power to make more climate-smart decisions.  Our experts also help decision makers incorporate climate science and analytics into social marketing and other outreach strategies to communicate and encourage social change, influence climate-smart decisions throughout the community, and tackle issues of climate justice and equity. 

RTI provides independent, interdisciplinary analysis to help guide management decisions, policies, and interventions across a wide range of sectors including health, public services, economics, environment, natural resources, water resources, and agriculture. Examples of climate-impact decisions that RTI supports include: 

  • Climate-smart agriculture, an integrated approach aimed at addressing the complex and interrelated challenges of food security and climate change. Our work supports policy development and implementation efforts that affect the agricultural sector at every decision-making level, helping to build more productive, resilient, and efficient agricultural systems.
  • Climate-smart water resources planning and environmental management decisions. Our work provides managers with a full understanding of the range of potential future vulnerabilities, mechanisms to identify and implement strategies that minimize risk, and tools to make ongoing, adaptive decisions that ensure the future security of water supplies and other resources. 
  • Climate-smart policy decisions. Our economic and technical analyses help climate policy makers grasp the critical, interrelated climate dependencies within their policy decisions and guide public action in a resilient, economically sound, and environmentally just direction. For example, under the USAID B-LEADERS program, RTI supported the Department of Energy in developing energy resiliency plans and programs for the energy industry which resulted in the DOE issuing energy sector resiliency policies. 
  • Climate-smart technology and innovation. We leverage state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies to perform rapid analyses in data-lean environments such as the Sahel, the Congo rainforest, and the remote islands of Papua New Guinea. Utilizing satellite imagery, remote sensing, local expertise, and machine learning, RTI’s insights improve decision making for remote areas with limited on-the-ground data. These insights reduce uncertainty and unlock new market potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency.