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Office of the Texas State Climatologist

The Office of the Texas State Climatologist (OSC) is housed in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University. The OSC serves as a clearinghouse for climate information for the state of Texas. The OSC issues regular climate updates and conducts research on climate monitoring and climate prediction in Texas and the southern U.S.

 

 

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Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

HARC is dedicated to improving human and ecosystem well-being through the application of sustainability science and principles of sustainable development. In a non-partisan and collaborative manner, HARC fosters the implementation of policies and technologies based on principles of social science, natural science, and engineering. HARC's research themes support sustainability solutions in ecosystems, water, air & climate, clean energy, the built environment, and environmental health.

 

 

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Toward a Climate-Resilient Austin

May 1, 2014

This report initiates the City’s planning process for climate adaptation and resiliency for Austin, Texas; which was commissioned by the Austin City Council. Drawing on climate projections for Central Texas, the report includes a preliminary analysis of Austin’s climate-related threats and potential impacts to the operations and assets of nine city departments. Final recommendations are provided, focused on improving climate projections and vulnerability assessments, integrating resilience strategies within departmental planning, and coordinating with regional partners.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

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Houston-Galveston, Texas: Observed Trends and Projected Future Conditions

October 2014

This brief report summarizes the vulnerabilities of the Houston-Galveston region of Texas to climate change. It was prepared after a 2-day workshop that looked at observed and projected impacts related to rising sea levels, storm surge, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. The report describes the unique characteristics of the region and these projected impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

June 15, 2012

The City of Austin, Texas adopted the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in 2012 and established “sustainability” as the central policy direction of the 30-year plan. Austin recognizes the impacts of climate change, and has incorporated broad climate adaptation planning goals along with many other sustainability, conservation, and green infrastructure focused strategies into this plan.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Risk of Leishmaniasis in North America: Predictions from Ecological Niche Models of Vector and Reservoir Species

January 2010

Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread by the bite of the sandfly, is indigenous to México and the state of Texas, and has begun to expand its range northward. The models developed as part of this study predict that climate change will exacerbate the ecological risk of human exposure to leishmaniasis in areas outside its present range in the United States and, possibly, in parts of southern Canada.   Further expansion to the north may be facilitated by climate change as more habitat becomes suitable for the disease's vector and reservoir species.

Related Organizations: University of Texas, Austin, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camila González, Ophelia Wang, Stavana E. Strutz, Constantino González-Salazar, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero, Sahotra Sarkar

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Houston-Galveston Area Council

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Houston-Galveston Area, Texas Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report

December 2008

The Houston Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) established an expert panel to develop recommendations for local governments to adapt to climate change impacts and the associated environmental effects on the region. This Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects was comprised of experts in climate change and local infrastructure planning. The Panel in turn produced this comprehensive report which reviews current and projected climate impacts and provides specific adaptation strategies. 

Related Organizations: Houston-Galveston Area Council

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Dallas Urban Heat Island

March 2009

This report describes urban heat island effects on Dallas, Texas, and options that could be implemented to help reduce these effects. It summarizes the goals, costs, benefits, actions, and incentives that Dallas has available to cool the city. These include: (1) expanded use and care of trees and vegetation, (2) cool (reflective) and green roofs, and (3) cool or permeable paving strategies that can help cool the city and address storm water issues.

Related Organizations: Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Cool Houston! A Plan for Cooling the Region

July 2004

This plan for cooling the city of Houston, Texas outlines strategic actions to achieve the goals of cool paving, cool roofing, cooling trees, improved air and water quality, and improved quality of life.   Specific solutions (including products and technologies), recommended stakeholder meetings and actions, and policy options (e. g. incentives, regulations) to support implementation are discussed for cool paving, cool roofing and cool trees. A comprehensive listing of recommended trees for the Houston region is included.

Related Organizations: Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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