Houston Advanced Research Center continues analysis of COVID-19 effects throughout region

HARC in the News


By Ben Thompson, Community Impact

Staff at The Woodlands-based Houston Advanced Research Center is continuing to examine how mobility, air quality and electricity consumption in the Greater Houston area have changed this spring during the new coronavirus pandemic.

The HARC researchers previously identified the effect that various counties’ implementation of stay-at-home orders had on slowing regional travel in late March, which they said contributed to a similar decline in air pollutants from

mid-March to mid-April. As stay-at-home orders ended and statewide reopenings began, researchers at the nonprofit have continued to track the region’s roads and air in addition to analyzing electricity use through the start of the pandemic.


Mobility throughout regional counties remained low and steady for much of April following a rapid drop in March.

Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC