Planet Texas 2050

Scientists are frequently asked to provide models and simulations about complex systems from weather and climate to disease transmission but they may not accurately reflect on-the-ground circumstances. Research scientists at UT's Texas Advanced Computing Center are developing new technologies that can combine and analyze data in new ways and make more accurate predictions.

Planet Texas 2050

Migration to urban centers across Texas continues at a breakneck pace, placing immense strain on systems such as water, housing, transportation, and energy while exacerbating inequality. Part of the solution to this is to build more regenerative cities, or places that diversify economies, reduce waste, prevent toxicity, and rebuild natural systems by keeping products and materials in use longer.

Planet Texas 2050

Climate change and pollution affect some populations more severely than others, and the disparities are often stark. Our urban planning and public health researchers are working with frontline communities to understand the consequences of carbon emissions for health, as well as the challenges and opportunities behind decarbonization strategies.

Planet Texas 2050

In Texas, the most deadly and costly natural disaster is flooding. Preparation and response are limited because existing flood and risk maps don't account for the ways that river flooding, surface flooding, storm surges, and terrain interact.

Planet Texas 2050

Texas landscapes and ecosystems are changing fast, losing tree cover and topsoil, making it more difficult for wildlife and people to thrive without the protections and benefits nature provides. A remote network of visual and acoustic sensors placed across the state will act as eyes and ears, detecting environmental and biodiversity-related information like weather, water flows, and animal noises in the form of sound and imagery.

Planet Texas 2050

Human responses to climate stress and catastrophic events like hurricanes, drought, and resource conflict have been oversimplified for years portrayed as either miraculous tales of survival or total collapse. This project abandonthat outdated mentality and looks to ancient civilizations to understand how resilience, in many forms, has influenced human choices, movement, and development.