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HARC Newsletter | June 2018


NOAA Atlas 14: Updated Rainfall Data Underscore Challenges of Managing Flood Risk
We all know that our region is facing enormous challenges as we grapple with flooding. While many factors such as development patterns and climate change affect flood risk, it comes down to how much rainfall we get and how runoff from storm events can be managed. Accurate information on rainfall amounts is essential to address these threats.
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Featured Project
DOE Southcentral and Upper West Combined Heat and Power TAP
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Featured Application
An Overview of Land Cover Change in the Houston-Galveston & Southeast Texas Region. A Story Map by HARC.
Using authoritative data from agencies like the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this story map highlights changes that have been uncovered in the Houston-Galveston and Southeast Texas region. Because natural systems do not conform to man-made boundaries, this analysis uses USGS HUC 10 watersheds to present statistical information. Development isn't a city or county issue but rather a regional issue. How regions like the Houston-Galveston area balance development with conservation will determine how resilient a region becomes in the long-term.
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Featured Researcher
Qian Song
Geographic Information Systems Specialist
Qian Song is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at HARC. She is responsible for mapping production, interactive GIS web applications development, geospatial data development, and geospatial analysis for multidisciplinary projects. She also organizes and maintains geospatial library and data portal site to assist HARC research staff.
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Press Release
HARC Leads Energy Resilience and Efficiency through New DOE CHP TAP Award
HARC has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist public and private entities considering Combined Heat and Power (CHP). The DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities seeking to reap the many benefits of CHP. Building upon previous TAP program successes, HARC will manage program activities in eleven states over the next five years. The Southcentral TAP Region includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, with DOE funding of about $2.7 million. Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota comprise the Upper West TAP Region, funded with $1.48 million from DOE.

DOE TAPs promote the many advantages of CHP with technical resources to assist in evaluation and installation of CHP systems. While CHP is widely known for improving energy efficiency, it is increasingly recognized as a way to make facilities more resilient against power outages. Natural disasters in recent years have underscored the importance of resilient energy infrastructure for continuity of operations, especially for critical facilities such as hospitals, college campuses, and governmental installations.

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Announcements & Events
EPA Air Quality Standards and the Impacts of Non-Compliance on the Houston Region
On May 16, Dr. Mustapha Beydoun, HARC’s Vice-President, spoke on a panel of air quality experts on Meeting EPA Air Quality Standards and the Potential Costs of Non-Compliance.
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HARC Researchers to present how to Apply Data Science to Rapid Modeling of Dual Fuel Technology for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
HARC research associate, Dr. Fanxu Meng, will orally present paper entitled “Apply Data Science to Rapid Modeling of Dual Fuel Technology for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)” at the 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2018 held on June 25-29, 2018 in Houston.
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HARC Research Scientist Panelist at Texas Apartment Association Annual Conference
HARC research scientist, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, participated in a panel discussion about Turning Conservation Programs into Bottom Line Savings at the Texas Apartment Association Education Conference & Lone Star Expo on April 27, 2018.
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Andra Wilcox to present on Water Challenge Pilot at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) July 24
HARC research scientists, Andra Wilcox, Energy Production, will be presenting “The Water Challenge Program Pilot: Permian Basin Pilot Results” at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) on July 24, 2018.
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HARC in the news
Friday, June 1, 2018
Electric Eye
The May/June issue of Texas Architect features articles on how the state’s changing energy landscape is affecting architecture. Rives Taylor, Regional Sustainability Leader within Gensler’s Houston office and lead designer of the HARC facility, comments on the high performance features of the building in his article, Electric Eye.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Oil, Gas Industry Works Toward Better Environment
The oil and gas industry is collaborating to work towards improving the environmental culture and commitment. The HARC-EFD and the RPSEA programs are working with industry to foster this culture.
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Monday, May 14, 2018
Researchers release flood mitigation strategies report for Houston area
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez discusses the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium report.
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