Project summary:

This project extends and expands toolsets that were started under the Water Averaging project for data imputation, scaling, and homogenization (DISH) for Texas natural resources and to support integrated cross‐sector modeling. Spanning a wide range of climatic regimes, Texas relies on water extracted from rivers and aquifers within its own borders. Climate change and population growth are adding unprecedented stress on Texas waters and other natural resources. Quantifying the nexus between natural resources, energy generation, and food production is critically important for sustainable regional planning. Understanding the spatiotemporal dynamics of water availability and other natural resources, in relation to energy production and urban demands are primary pillars of Planet Texas 2050. Currently, natural resources information for Texas is scattered across disparate data sources and in heterogeneous resolution and formats. Such knowledge is related to several Planet Texas 2050 focus areas, including climate‐resilient infrastructure, energy and ecosystems, economics and policy, and developing connective tissue among Planet Texas 2050 outputs. By making the toolset available to the Planet Texas 2050 community, this project will glue together ongoing efforts and make a significant contribution toward developing reusable approaches that help pre‐process datasets and harmonize across scales.

Project team:

Alex Sun (project lead – BEG), Michael Young (BEG), Suzanne Pierce (TACC), Justin Thompson (BEG), Bridget Scanlon (BEG), and Daniel Hardesty-Lewis (TACC)