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flagship projects

Planet Texas 2050 Research

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.

Flagship Projects

Past Projects  


AI Modeling
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.

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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.

Frontline partnerships
Frontline Community Partnerships

Working with frontline communities allows us to better understand the effects that carbon emissions have on health, as well as the challenges and opportunities behind decarbonization.

Networks for hazard preparedness
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.

Biodiversity Art
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.

Ancient Resilience
Stories of Ancient Resilience

Looking to ancient civilizations helps us understand how resilience, in its many forms, has influenced human choices, movement, and development. 

Past Projects

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This project will pilot a model for collaboration between artists, scientists, and their communities through dialogue and engagement. The process will address at least three gaps in current practices: the failure to communicate scientific information about climate change effectively, theatre’s poor engagement with scientific research, and poor engagement with communities surrounding artistic and scientific research.

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The record of human attempts to deal with environmental and demographic challenges is like a library of completed experiments. We can see which ones were successful and which ones weren’t, and we can trace the consequences of societal choices over hundreds of years. 

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This research project developed an evacuation scheduling algorithm that can determine optimal planning for large-scale, complex settings to minimize delays, with particular attention paid to the benefits of autonomous vehicles in terms of cost and efficiency.

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The Texas Metro Observatory (TMO) is a communication and data platform dedicated to sharing information and ideas about Texas’s communities, understanding common problems related to urbanization processes in these communities, and developing solutions across the state’s metropolitan areas. The Observatory serves as a repository for economic, environmental, health, demographic, and governmental information for the state’s metropolitan regions. 

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The Texas Futures VR Experience project transformed results from several Planet Texas 2050-funded research projects into an immersive, entertaining, and educational VR experience. 

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This project examined how the cities of Houston and San Antonio are preparing for climate change and addressing existing environmental justice issues.z

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A multi-disciplinary approach toward understanding the impacts of urbanization on natural waterways within the Austin area to work towards establishing a framework for policies and governance that increased ecological and societal resilience in urban centers.