Over the last 20 years, the Upper Texas Gulf Coast has experienced a growing number of extreme weather events driven by climate variability. These include the record-breaking drought of 2011, numerous hurricanes and intense rain events, and periods of extreme summer heat, which is a pattern likely to continue. Stakeholders in these communities urgently seek solutions to reduce impacts on public health, critical infrastructure, and natural habitats from a changing and more variable climate. Actionable data are required to support planning efforts and implementation of adaptation measures that promote resilience.
Thanks to generous support provided by the Global Giving Foundation, HARC developed the Resilience Science Information Network (RESIN) Portal of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. The purpose of the RESIN Portal is to promote a resilient Upper Texas Gulf Coast by helping communities create performance-focused plans to prepare for and adapt to future climate conditions. RESIN brings together climate indicators describing two potential future scenarios, environmental and socio-economic data sets, and identifies cross-connecting climate impacts to serve as a resource for communities engaged in resilience and adaptation planning. In the RESIN Portal climate indicator data, acquired through a partnership with ATMOS Research & Consulting, offers communities information to understand future scenarios of climate change through various resources such as a mapping narrative, interactive mapping tools, and summarized fact sheets.
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.
HARC's 2020 Annual Report highlights the successes of the organization and is the result of ongoing partnerships and innovative collaborations.
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.