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Planet Texas 2050 researchers are committed to developing programs and policy recommendations that will improve Texas’ adaptability and build its resilience. To do that, we have launched a set of six innovative “flagship projects,” which leverage the talents and expertise of our interdisciplinary research network to tackle what they see as critical issues when it comes to helping Texas respond to rapid growth and climate change.
Networks for Hazard Preparedness and Response
Finely tuned flood maps with specially designed street maps and social vulnerability information will help agencies respond to disasters faster and allocate resources better.
Stories of Ancient Resilience
Looking to ancient civilizations helps us understand how resilience, in its many forms, has influenced human choices, movement, and development.
AI-Enabled Model Integration
Developing new technologies that combine and analyze data in new ways helps us make accurate predictions about hurricanes and other disasters, resulting in better, more informed decisions.
Equitable and Regenerative Cities
Designing community resilience hubs where people can go during disasters — and that use circular economy principles like green infrastructure, water conservation, and solar or wind energy — serve as a model for building regenerative cities.
Resilient Species and Ecosystems
A remote network of visual and acoustic sensors detects environmental and biodiversity-related information that helps us understand and track changes in Texas’ natural habitats.
UT’s first grand challenge brings together researchers from nearly every college and school on campus. Below are this year’s theme organizing committee members, representing the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Architecture, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and the Cockrell School of Engineering. Visit our full team page to see the full list of Planet Texas 2050 researchers, advisors, and staff.
Katy BrownSenior Research ScientistOden Institute and Molecular Biosciences
ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Associate ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Jonathan LowellCommunity LiaisonSchool of Architecture
Sheryl Luzzadder-BeachProfessorGeography & the Environment
Dev NiyogiProfessorGeological Sciences and Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Paola PassalacquaAssociate ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Heidi SchmalbachPlanet Texas 2050 Program DirectorOffice of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors
Assistant ProfessorSchool of Architecture
Explore our interactive network map to see how different researchers, schools, and organizations are connected to Planet Texas 2050. Search by name, CSU, or project or click any node on the map and pause to see its connections appear. You can magnify or expand the view, and you can click on any individual to see which projects they’ve been affiliated with.