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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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REPORTS
The Supply Chain and Industrial Organization of Rare Earth Materials: Implications for the U.S. Wind Energy Sector
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Joshua Linn, Timothy J. Brennan, Joel Darmstadter, Molly K. Macauley, Louis Preonas
RFF Report | February 2012
 
The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River Basin
Carolyn Kousky, Sheila M. Olmstead, Margaret A. Walls, Adam Stern, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Report | November 2011
 
Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes U.S. Policy Approaches for Adapting to a Changing Climate
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern
RFF Report | May 2011
 
Spectrum Management for Science in the 21st Century
Committee on Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum, National Research Council
March 2010
 
Forest Measurement and Monitoring: Technical Capacity and “How Good Is Good Enough?”
Molly K. Macauley, Daniel F. Morris, Roger A. Sedjo, Kate Farley, Brent L. Sohngen
RFF Report | December 2009
 
Forest Carbon Index: The Geography of Forests in Climate Solutions
Adrian Deveny, Janet Nackoney, Nigel Purvis, Mykola Gusti, Raymond J. Kopp, Erin Myers Madeira, Andrew R Stevenson, Georg Kindermann, Molly K. Macauley, Michael Obersteiner
RFF Report | December 2009
 
United States Civil Space Policy: Summary of a Workshop
Molly Macauley and Joseph Alexander
National Academy of Sciences | 03/31/08
 
Uses and Limitations of Observations, Data, Forecasts, and Other Projections in Decision Support for Selected Sectors and Regions: US Climate Change Science Program, Synthesis and Assessment Report Product 5.1
Molly Macauley and Fred Vukovich, Technical Editors, with Greg Glass, Holly Hartmann, Daewon Byun, and David Renne
NASA, OMB, OSTP | 03/31/08
 
Provision of Waste Management and Recycling Services by a Tatweer / National Projects Joint Venture within the Tatweer Zones, Dubai UAE
Scott Hassell, Molly Macauley, Shelly Culbertson, Mike Toman, Ghassan Schbley, Brian Shannon, and Ian Cook
the RAND Corporation | 03/15/08
 
The Role of Earth Observations in Revolutionizing Management of Natural Resources and the Environment: Identifying the LANDSAT Contribution
Molly Macauley
USGS | 12/14/07
 
Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond
Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future, National Research Council
Note: As a member of the authoring committee, Macauley contributed written material for several sections of this report. | July 2007
 
The Prospective Value of Space Solar Power as Rnewable ENergy: Implications for the Biosphere and Electricity Reliabilty
Molly K. Macauley and Jhih-Shyang Shih
NSF/NASA/EPRI | August 31, 2006
 
The Value of Information: A Background Paper on Measuring the Contribution of Earth Science Applications to National Initiatives
Molly K. Macauley
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Space Science | September 2002
 
The Organization of Local Solid Waste and Recycling Markets: Public and Private Provisions of Services and the Nature of Contracts
Molly K. Macauley and Margaret A. Walls
Economic and Social Research Institute of Japan | February 2002
 
Implications of Remote Sensing Technology
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | March 1996
 
Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management
Molly K. Macauley, Eduardo Ley, and Stephen Salant
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | 1996
 
NASA's Earth Observations Commercialization Program: A Model Government Approach
Molly K. Macauley
John C. Stennis Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration | 1992
 
Using Economic Incentives to Regulate Toxic Substances
Molly K. Macauley, Michael Bowes, and Karen Palmer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | March 1992
 
Statistical Information on Advanced Materials: The Role of Government
Molly K. Macauley
U.S. Bureau of Mines | 1990
 
Encounter with the Advanced Materials
Molly K. Macauley and Hans Landsberg
U.S. Department of the Interior | February 1988
 
  
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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