Aerial view of Beaumont water tower

Southeast Texas Urban Integrated Field Laboratory

About Us

Southeast Texas Urban Integrated Field Lab (SETx-UIFL) is one of four Urban Integrated Field Laboratories awarded in the Fall 2022 by the Biological and Environmental Research Program, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. The Southeast Texas region, or the Beaumont-Port Arthur area, represent urban conditions and challenges similar to other Gulf Coast communities with industrial facilities, and population change with fewer resources available than larger cities.

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map of Beaumont showing distances to Austin, Lake Charles and Houston

Our Mission

Our mission is to better understand current and future impacts from flooding and air pollution in Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast region using measurements, modeling, and community experiences and to co-develop applicable and equitable adaptation strategies with local partners.

Our Team

SETx-UIFL team 2023

SETX-UIFL team led by the University of Texas at Austin comprises members from Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We integrate expertise in hydrology, climate science, biogeochemistry, sociology, urban planning, and engineering with localized community knowledge.

Participating Institutions

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lamar University
Texas A&M
Prairie View Texas A&M

“Understanding the risks of climate change and extreme weather means understanding the direct and indirect effects on people, their homes, their businesses, and the communities they live in.

Jennifer Granholm
U.S. Secretary of Energy


  • SETx-UIFL Summer Institute 2024
    The SETX-UIFL Summer Institute 2024 took place from May 14-16 in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. This exciting event brought together over 30 researchers and students from various fields.
  • SETx-UIFL Spring Seminar Series 2024
    From January 26th – April 19th, 2024, SETx-UIFL successfully organized a biweekly seminar series featuring the work of our researchers. Seven seminars covered a wide range of topics corresponding to different themes in the SETx-UIFL project.
  • SETx-UIFL Members Joining the AGU23
    SETx-UIFL members joined thousands of other scientists at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in San Francisco, CA.
  • Southeast Texas Urban IFL 2023 Annual Meeting
    The 2nd Annual Meeting of Southeast Texas Urban IFL (SETx-UIFL) was hosted at Lamar University on October 8-10th. The annual meeting is where SETx-UIFL scientists and students gather to share the latest research updates and discuss collaboration ideas for the forthcoming years.
  • Lamar University’s Center for Resiliency at the Tekoa Academy Tree Wrapping Ceremony
    On Friday, September 29th, Tekoa Academy hosts a brief tree wrapping ceremony with green, blue and white ribbons, signaling Tekoa’s green zone. Davon Chargois, Lamar University’s Grants Manager from the Center for Resiliency was invited to speak to the junior and senior classes at Tekoa Academy.