Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar

The Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar, created by the EPA in collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), discusses the benefits of robust decision-making, an analytical framework meant to address decisions that are plagued with high-levels of uncertainty.  This webinar is a part of the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative.  The webinar aims to demonstrate how drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities can use robust decision-making for climate change related planning. The webinar features 3 guest speakers, including Keely Brooks, Robert Lampert, and Brandon Goshi.

Keely Brooks, of the Water Utility Climate Alliance, discusses WUCA’s mission to help the water sector in adapting to climate change by promoting collaboration on climate change issues affecting the country’s water agencies. Brooks presents on two white papers that WUCA produced. The first focuses on climate change model limitations, and how utilities can proceed with planning despite large uncertainties.  The second paper provides a description of a variety of multi-outcome planning methods that can be incorporated into climate change planning strategies.

Robert Lampert, of RAND Corporation, explains that robust decision-making is a product of good decisions without good predictions.  He addresses how to overcome the incompleteness and uncertainty that is closely associated with climate change by utilizing non-traditional decision methods.

Brandon Goshi, of California Metropolitan Water District (MWD) discusses how the California Metropolitan Water District’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) utilizes robust decision making and reviews the primary findings from the Metropolitan Water District’s Adaptive Plan Approach. Goshi emphasizes the importance of defining future uncertainty, and incorporating uncertainty into decision making models.


Publication Date: December 14, 2013

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