Council or Council-commissioned reports assess aspects of Taranaki's economic, civic and social well-being, particularly where these relate to the Council's own responsibilities.
The Council's Inventory of Key Native Ecosystems (KNEs), first published in 2006 and continually updated since, documents hundreds of biodiversity hotspots.
The Council carries out and commissions many reports relating to fresh water, one of Taranaki's key natural resources.
Sustainable land use and the impact of extreme weather events are important themes in these studies and reviews.
These studies include region-wide and site-specific projects.
Taranaki faces significant potential natural hazards and a number of specialist studies have been carried out to assess the nature and/or likely impacts of these hazards.
Coastal ecosystems, landscapes and character are important priorities in the Council's work.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fraccing, fracking or hydrofraccing, has been extensively reviewed, studied and reported upon.
These reports analyse various environmental aspects of the specialised techniques used to process and dispose of drilling muds and cuttings.
Climate studies commissioned by the Council are particularly focused on potential risks and hazards.
The Resource Management Act is the statutory cornerstone of much of the Council's work.