About the Institute

The Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas was formally established on May 14, 2020 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents following the passage of House Bill 2345 by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. Located at the Texas A&M University Galveston campus, the Institute’s mission is to facilitate the integration of analytical tools and state-level decisions related to disaster resiliency.  Through collaborative efforts, the Institute aims to deliver critical research on disaster risk reduction, support state agencies with data analytics and decision-making tools, and generate evidence-based solutions that help Texas communities become more resilient over the long term.

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“By working with Texas A&M University System partners, other institutions of higher education, public agencies, and other entities, the Institute will become a leader in developing analytical tools that support more disaster-resilient communities.”

Texas Disaster Information System

The cornerstone project for the Institute is the Texas Disaster Information System (TDIS). This project is currently in the planning phase, but will be an interactive, analytical, and visual web-based spatial data system designed to support more resilient decision making at the state level.

Latest Publications

Using 311-Call Data to Measure Flood Risk and Impacts: the case of Harris County TX during Hurricane Harvey

The impacts of flooding in the United States (U.S.) are becoming more ubiquitous, costly, and widespread.

Uncertainty in Flood Mitigation Practices: Assessing the Economic Benefits of Property Acquisition and Elevation in Flood-Prone Communities

Prepared For: Sustainability

Adopting effective flood mitigation practices for repetitive flood events in the United States continues to play a prominent role in preventing future damage and fostering resilience to residential flooding.

Quantification of continuous flood hazard using random forest classification and flood insurance claims at large spatial scales: a pilot study in southeast Texas

Prepared For: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Pre-disaster planning and mitigation necessitate detailed spatial information about flood hazards and their associated risks.

Evaluation of flood risk reduction strategies through combinations of interventions

Prepared For: Journal of Flood Risk Management

Large, complex coastal regions often require a combination of interventions to lower the risk of flooding to an acceptable level.

Latest News

IDRT selects 2 students for REU Programs

IDRT recently welcome Sarah Lawrence and Shefali Venkatramani (Shea) to our team for the summer of 2021. Sarah and Shea are participating in a National Science