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HARC Newsletter | September 2018


Not the Geography You Remember
If you took a Geography course over 20 years ago, you might recall the subject involving little more than memorizing the locations of continents, countries, cities, as well as climate and cultural facts. In that time, many universities have expanded their geography programs by entering the world of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS for short. In the beginning GIS was an obscure field of specialized hardware, software, and cryptic keyboard commands that allowed a skilled professional to query data to get answers to geographic-based inquiries. Queries, such as the quantity of forested acres within an area, were the beginning of the geographic-based analysis revolution that has since unfolded. But today’s leading geography programs are teaching students more than just the where, what, who, and why of our world, but also bring to the table an interdisciplinary approach to solving today’s local, regional, national, and global problems.
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HARC People & Nature Speaker Series to Address How to Fund Resilient Infrastructure
As a growing urban region and coastal metropolitan area, it is increasingly important that we become more resilient to better withstand disturbance and disaster. For the Greater Houston region to be successful in the future, we will need to shift the paradigm from one that focuses primarily on disaster preparedness, response and recovery to one that thinks broadly in terms of planning, equitable investment and adaptation to reduce risk.

HARC will introduce a new approach to resilience at its upcoming People & Nature Speaker Series event. Please join us on September 12, 2018 at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as we present a fishbowl dialogue with six national experts engaging with each other and the audience on how to fund resilient infrastructure and nature-based solutions.
Photo Credit: Ben Sassani
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Featured Project
Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts: A Summary of Regional Data
Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to the Houston-Galveston region and the Texas coast. In addition to the social and economic impacts, flood events raise short- and long-term environmental and public health concerns such as bacteria, oil, gasoline and chemicals in floodwaters, toxics associated with Superfund sites, and air quality.
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Featured Application
Summarizing Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Impacts
Normally the Houston-Galveston region receives on average 45 inches of rainfall a year. During Hurricane Harvey, some areas received over 50 inches of rain in less than a week. Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston; the resulting flooding led to regional devastation, impacting lives, homes and livelihoods. The storm also had numerous environmental impacts.
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Featured Researcher
Bill Bass, GISP
Geospatial & IT Senior Manager
Bill Bass is a Senior Manager and certified GIS professional responsible for geospatial technologies and analytics at HARC. He has extensive experience in designing and deploying geospatial technologies, as well as project management, analytics, and enterprise solutions. Experience with software platforms include ESRI ArcGIS, SAS, and Tableau. Bill has over 10 years consulting experience with global management consulting firms, and has a master’s degree in Geography from Texas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Management Systems form Arizona State University. Professional interests include geospatial enterprise architecture, data science, analytics, environmental research using geospatial technologies, and delivery of information through interactive mapping and analytical applications.
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Announcements & Events
Dr. Gavin Dillingham accepted as participant in 2018 Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum
Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at HARC, is accepted as a participant in the 2018 Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum.
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Lisa Gonzalez, HARC President and CEO, along with key staff to present at 2018 Texas Energy Summit
Lisa Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer of HARC, will be featured as one of the keynote speakers during the 2018 Texas Energy Summit.
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Carlos Gamarra, HARC Research Associate, to present at Microgrid 2.0 Conference in Baltimore, MD – October 30, 2018
Carlos Gamarra, Research Associate with HARC and Assistant Director for the Southcentral and Upperwest DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Program (CHP-TAP), will be presenting Tuesday October 30th on Profitability Thresholds of Resilient CHP-Based Microgrids and How to Exceed Them.
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HARC GIS team presented at the 2018 International ESRI User Conference
HARC GIS team recently presented at the 2018 International ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA.
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HARC Researcher at EPA Region 6 Stormwater Management Conference
HARC Research Associate, Ryan Bare, attended the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Management Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August 2018. The conference theme focused on “Our Water Our Future: Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptive Management for Improved Stormwater Quality.”
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HARC in the news
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Report card: Galveston Bay facing ‘monumental issues’
For the fourth straight year the Galveston Bay has earned a C grade in its annual report card.
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
A Houston homeowner has spent $100K on flood prevention. It’s probably not enough
HARC's Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Glenn, discusses the need for improved flood maps to better understand changing land use.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Galveston Bay stays afloat in new report ranking post-Harvey recovery
Galveston Bay receives a grade of "C" in the 2018 Galveston Bay Report Card.
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Galveston Bay got a “C” on its 2018 report card
HARC's research scientist, Dr. Erin Kinney, pens article on the 2018 Galveston Bay Report Card.
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