Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Environmental Modeling and Informatics (EMI)

The large-scale development and economic growth along the US-Mexico border due to NAFTA and other associated policies is causing a rapid transition of the once agrarian South Texas-Northern Mexico region into a service-oriented urban area. Recent economic activities have fueled significant urbanization and created significant stresses on natural resources of the region. While economic development of this historically under-served region is vital, it is also important to ensure that the bounties of natural resources are available to future generations as they are now. Building on this sustainability theme, the primary goal of the Environmental Modeling and Informatics (EMI) sub-project is to utilize state-of-the-art mathematical tools and techniques to develop decision support tools for fostering environmental sustainability in coastal semi-arid areas. The US-Mexico border region will serve as the test-bed for evaluating innovative theories and methodologies proposed to be developed as part of this sub-project area in RESSACA-2. A wide range of scientific and socio-cultural considerations need to be comprehensively addressed to effectively promote sustainable development.

Consistent with the NSF and CREST mission of pursuing focused research in a few areas, the proposed sub-project concentrates on two topic areas:

  1. Water Resources and
  2. Air Quality.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734850.

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