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April 21, 2022
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Highlights from the Planet Texas 2050 Research Symposium: A Week of Resilience Research in Action
This weeklong series of presentations covered a broad array of topics related to resilience, including mapping and predicting vulnerabilities to flooding and disease; ideas for improving our water, agricultural, and energy systems; and communicating and collaborating with various stakeholders and communities.
April 20, 2022
Science Journal for Kids
Making Science Accessible: Planet Texas 2050 collaborates with Science Journal for Kids to share research findings
In 2021, the University of Texas at Austin Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Professor Fernanda Leite published a paper in an academic journal showing the benefits of virtual reality to construction engineers.
Jan. 6, 2022
Flood in Germany
Cities Boosted Rain, Sent Storms to the Suburbs During Europe’s Deadly Summer Floods
Jackson School of Geosciences Professor Dev Niyogi and their team used computer models to investigate how cities and climate change influenced the rainstorm that struck the Rotterdam-Brussels-Cologne metropolitan region in July 2021.
Nov. 26, 2021
Snow, ice and widespread power outages gripped Austin and much of Texas during February's deadly winter storm.
Opinion: We All Must Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Fernanda Leite argue for reductions in emissions and a statewide climate adaptation plan in an opinion piece for the Austin American-Statesman.
Nov. 8, 2021
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What Does it Mean to Make Texas More Resilient?
Since its founding, Planet Texas 2050 has used as its tagline: making Texas more resilient. But what do we mean by resilient? Architecture Assistant Professor Katherine Lieberknecht explains.
Oct. 11, 2021
New App in Works to Help Emergency Crews Examine Floods in Texas
When emergency crews are responding to floods, seconds matter. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin is developing an app that helps first responders assess the severity of floods instantly from their smartphones.
Sept. 23, 2021
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Degrees of Injustice: The Social Inequity of Urban Heat Islands
Urban heat islands — whereby cities experience much warmer temperatures than the suburbs — tend to reveal social inequities. Marginalized communities feel the brunt of the heat.
Sept. 21, 2021
The ability to collect massive amounts of data using technology is revolutionizing biological field work.
Technological Leaps Help Biologists Study Quickly Changing Landscapes
Timothy Keitt, professor of integrative biology, and Eric Abelson, research scientist, discuss the ways in which quickly advancing technology tools are transforming biological fieldwork.
Sept. 17, 2021
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Looking for Solutions for Residents Feeling Extreme Heat
For the past 20 years, heatwaves in Austin have worsened. Climate scientists believe this upward swing in extreme heat is in part due to a "heat island" effect, in which urbanized communities experience higher temperatures than outlying areas.
Sept. 16, 2021
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The Next Generation of Flood Response
A team of Planet Texas 2050 researchers are creating a mobile app that will allow first responders to track flooding in real-time. It is made using sophisticated flood maps developed over a decade.