The world in which HARC exists is dynamic and extreme events—whether related to natural disasters or public health crises—drive planning and policy efforts across all levels of government and the private sector.
Now more than ever there is a need for science-based solutions and independent analyses that address overlapping economic, environmental and social issues. With our multi-disciplinary, innovative team, HARC is positioned to address the most pressing sustainability challenges and opportunities.
Investors, regulators, insurance companies, and rating agencies recognize the risks associated with climate change impacts and call for greater transparency. Beyond the growing push for decarbonization of the energy system, extreme weather increasingly affects business operations and the bottom line. HARC's Climate and Resilience series will feature reports and date meant to better prepare communities for climate change impacts.
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is looking to hire a consultant to work on the Gulf of Mexico Leading with Equity in Adaptation Practice (LEAP) program to further develop training materials from the perspective of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).
HARC’s team announces the first in a series of white papers providing an analysis of the risks within Texas’ power sector, Powering the future: Texas Power Sector Pivoting to Climate Resilience. This position paper provides keen insight into the changing landscape of climate risk disclosure and climate change impacts on the power sector in Texas while highlighting key opportunities for resilience during this crucial time.
An Esri StoryMap demonstrating the impacts of Assimilative Capacity of Reservoirs on Coastal inflows project assesses assimilative capacity of the Lake Livingston reservoir and related impacts on freshwater inflows to the Galveston Bay estuary.
HARC's 2020 Annual Report highlights the successes of the organization and is the result of ongoing partnerships and innovative collaborations.
The purpose of the RESIN portal is to develop and share a comprehensive set of data describing future climate impacts to the Greater Houston-Galveston Region.
The Know Your Aquifer Story Map provides information on what an aquifer is, how aquifers are used, how we get drinking water, and what entities govern their usage.
HARC, along with project partners University of Houston and Fugro are creating a user-friendly webtool to promote the deployment of District Energy Systems (DES) and community microgrids.
A Vegetative View: Harris County, Texas is a mapping application that presents a series of data layers describing structural characteristics of the urban vegetative canopy within Harris County, Texas
The goal of the Headwaters to Baywaters initiative (launched by Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), Houston Audubon Society (HAS), and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) ) is to ensure healthy lands, healthy waters, and healthy communities for the greater Houston region.
Winter Storm Uri moved across North America from February 13–17, 2021, causing blackouts for over 9.7 million people in the U.S. and Mexico, most notably in Texas where power supply and grid failures led to prolonged outages, culminating in an energy and water crisis. This application connects the water, energy, and air impacts of Winter Storm Uri and highlights strategies that could lead to more resilience in the future.
The What You Can Do tool is how individuals can help the Galveston Bay, in ways that fit interests and the amount of time volunteers have. In 2020, the Galveston Bay Foundation added more links and resources to learn about the bay and help safely from the comfort of home.
This web-based tool brings together available information on watershed boundaries, wetland areas, water quality impairments, impervious surface, mitigation bank service areas, and flood zones to help local communities thrive by making informed decisions and identifying ways to preserve the value that vital wetland resources provide.
This report assesses wetland mitigation in the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region and enhances a regional decision support tool to provide information to local governments and citizens, allowing them to access information describing potential development impacts to watersheds, wetlands and the ecosystem services that they provide.
This report evaluates the USACE wetland mitigation program records and serves as a regional decision support tool to provide information to local governments and citizens, allowing them to access information describing potential development impacts to wetlands, floodplains, and water quality.
The ERCOT Interconnection Dashboard helps track investment in new generation across Texas and to identify trends that will facilitate further investment decisions.
The Clean Energy Hub, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), houses a variety of interactive tools, podcasts, webinars, guides, and case studies to help accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and energy efficiency projects in Texas.
HARC is partnering with multiple organizations to provide a science-based review of groundwater in the Houston-Galveston Region.
HARC's 2019 Annual Report highlights the successes of the organization and is the result of ongoing partnerships and innovative collaborations. Thank you to our supporters, especially our partners and the funders that make HARC’s work possible.
HARC’s most recent Green Paper offers specific examples of how communities can fund recovery along with considerations that should be given to communities and the natural environment.
At HARC, we are fortunate to conduct our research and undertake this work out of a living lab that showcases green building design, technology, and operations in action.
This digital guide is intended to help those living in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed and on the Upper Texas Coast recognize and understand the impacts of invasive species.
The Impacts of Assimilative Capacity of Reservoirs on Coastal Inflows project assesses assimilative capacity of the Lake Livingston reservoir and related impacts on freshwater inflows to the Galveston Bay estuary.
This interactive viewer showcases the Double Bayou Watershed project boundary as well as land use characteristics, hydrology, and select data collection stations.
DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities.
HARC's COVID-19 research studied the regulatory measures enacted by local governments to slow the rate of infection and also the effects stay-at-home orders had on infrastructure systems, communities, and the environment.
This application is a tool to find out what watershed you live in, and how your watershed fares in terms of overall environmental health.
This website provides data describing Galveston Bay and its surrounding watershed, use the navigation area to explore the status, trends, and indicators of bay health that interest you.
The goal of this project is to envision a region, free from trash and plastic pollution that impacts our bayous, lakes and rivers that lead to Galveston Bay.
The Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a locally-developed, voluntary watershed management plan that helps to restore and protect water quality.
HARC’s Forests and Floods project is funded by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The initiative compiles and develops data to investigate the role that trees, forest, and canopy cover play in flood mitigation.
HARC worked in partnership with the City of Houston to develop the city’s Climate Action Plan, a roadmap to bring Houston closer to a carbon-neutral future.
The Galveston Bay Report Card is a citizen-driven, science-based grading system supported by Houston Endowment and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.
This dataset includes NOAA CCAP Land Cover for Texas Gulf Coast 2016 22-Class.
This dataset includes NOAA CCAP Land Cover for Texas Gulf Coast 2010 22-Class.
This dataset includes NOAA CCAP Land Cover for Texas Gulf Coast 2006 22-Class.
This dataset includes NOAA CCAP Land Cover for Texas Gulf Coast 2001 22-Class.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey water temperature and salinity as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey power outages by zip code as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvery Ozone visualization as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey Ozone readings as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey hazardous releases as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey FEMA modeled damages as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey BTEX data visualization as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Hurricane Harvey BTEX data as shown in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes Texas Superfund sites provided by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality used in Hurricane Harvey app.
This dataset includes USGS HUC polygon watershed boundaries for HUC6, 8, 10, and 12 levels.
This dataset includes Texas Water Development Board polygon boundaries of Texas rivers and basins.
This dataset includes eco-logical polygons from the H-GAC Eco-Logical assessement project circa 2008.
HARC research team will work with innovative technology methods utilizing Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and spatial analysis to analyze feasibility of debris patterns and hot spots within the region’s waterways.
This dataset includes polygons of Galveston Bay Estuary Program watershed boundaries.
This dataset includes ERCOT Zone loading power demand data used in Hurricane Harvey story map application.
SERIDAS studies both the benefits and risks of river engineering and how physical and and social drivers of change may predict an engineered river's functioning in 2040 and in 2060.
HARC launched the Flaring Issues, Solutions and Technologies (FIST) 2019 project in late 2018 with the objective of evaluating the current state of technologies addressing flaring of natural gas at wells sites.
Powered for Good is an initiative to design and assist in the implementation of clean, cheap electricity offerings for the approximately two and a half million low income households in Texas that can choose their electricity provider.
The Houston Harris Heat Action team is a community heat-mapping project that brings together local volunteers, public and private organizations, universities, and non-profit organizations to co-produce heat maps.
The TERC Air Quality Research Program (AQR) was established in 2002 by stakeholders who were focused on getting the best available science to identify cost effective solutions to the ozone problems in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) area.
Pythias is a tool to improve the ability of governments, businesses, and communities to anticipate future climate impacts.
This toolkit includes recent examples of Climate Adaptation Plans and information includes strategic directions to apply to the City of Houston as a model.
HARC, in partnership with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), has developed the Texas solar calculator to help you find out. It is easy to use and requires only a few inputs by you
This tool is a step-by-step guide on how to interconnect a 10 MW or larger distributed generation or “generation resource” to the ERCOT transmission grid. This tool can help ensure a successful and timely interconnection process from beginning to end.
This application provides information about primary fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and includes the amounts and sources of PM2.5 that can be found as well as various controls that can be applied to achieve the desired reductions.
TX-PACE is a voluntary financing tool that helps owners of existing commercial, non-profit, industrial, and multifamily (5+ unit) properties invest in energy efficiency, water conservation and distributed generation improvements.
In partnership Texas’s State Energy Conservation Office, this online tool serves home owners as a resource to maintain, build, or renovate homes to increase energy efficiency and sustainability.
The Texas Gulf Coast Wetlands, a HARC story map, provides detailed information on these unique ecosystems that are a protective environmental barrier along the Texas coastal zone.
After Hurricane Harvey, HARC mobilized swiftly to acquire and process data about the flooding and related environmental impacts, such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund site impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation.
The Texas Coastal Resources Viewer combines colonial waterbird, coastal fish and coastal water quality data to reveal trends in these coastal resources.
This story map features a discussion of Texas energy and water resources, how the 2011 drought became the driest on record, presented with interactive content and dynamic maps.
This interactive story map from HARC shares information on land use types and the unique interaction with storm water (rain water plus surface water runoff) each has in our region.
This interactive tool allows you to select a watershed and water station type to view and analyze different data points for that particular area.
The Wetland Impact Minimization Measures (WIMM) Web Visualization Tool (EXPLORE WIMMS) illustrates the connections between phase of drilling, WIMMs, and wetland functions.
This interactive tool allows you to identify 54 plant species including natives on HARC's campus.
HARC’s Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) was a research and demonstration program conducted from 2008 until 2018 to address environmental and social aspects associated with oil and gas development.
After Hurricane Ike in 2008, HARC researchers conducted an analysis of storm surge and wave impacts on land and studied ways to use breakwater islands to mitigate these effects.