Creating a Resilient Port System in Texas: Assessing and Mitigating Extreme Weather Events

Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and tropical storms, pose considerable challenges to the Texas port system. Given the economic and strategic significance of the Texas port system, ensuring its resilience against such hazards is essential. Although resilience is a vague concept defined differently by different entities, the specific aspects of port system resilience need to be identified and incorporated in resilience enhancement programs. Moreover, achieving optimal resilience of port systems requires a thorough understanding of the port network functions, identification of port infrastructure vulnerabilities, and quantification of resultant risks. The research team will undertake a holistic analysis of the current resilience capabilities of the Texas port system and suggest measures to improve them. The research team will identify vulnerabilities of various port infrastructure components and supporting infrastructure. The research team will also quantify the physical and economic risks of port disruptions and develop metrics linking the characteristics of extreme events to associated risks. The research team will evaluate the resilience of the port system with due consideration to aspects concerning port system operations and its capability for restoration and recovery. The research team will provide resilience enhancement recommendations for immediate implementation based on the study findings.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $307157
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Steele, Joanne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation Research

    3925 W. Braker Lane
    Austin, TX  United States  78759
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhang, Zhanmin

  • Start Date: 20200114
  • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01744104
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7055
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2020 5:03PM