South Texas mapThe Research Coordination Network (RCN) – Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions (CE3SAR) – is a NSF funded South Texas sustainability project. RCN CE3SAR’s goal is to develop an innovative model for conducting interdisciplinary, region-specific, sustainability research closely tied to the needs of highly-engaged local stakeholders.

RCN CE3SAR is led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Luis Cifuentes, PI; Harte Research Institute; Conrad Blucher Institute), in partnership with Texas A&M-Kingsville (NSF CREST Center for Research on Environmental Sustainability in Semi-Arid Coastal Areas; Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Texas State University (River Systems Institute), all Hispanic-serving or minority-serving institutions. Partners bringing expertise to the network from outside the region include the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and Texas A&M University in College Station (Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Center for Climate Studies, Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy, and the Center for Housing and Urban Development). Additional partners from institutions within and outside the region will be recruited throughout the five years of the project in accordance with the network’s strategic plan.

Key Words: Sustainability, South Texas, Climate, Energy, Water, Environment, Engagement, Semiarid Region, Research, Higher Education.