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SSPEED Urban Flooding & Infrastructure Moving Forward from Harvey

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    SSPEED Urban Flooding & Infrastructure Moving Forward from Harvey

    Registration link is now open. Click here for more information

  • Tropical Storm Harvey Summary Report

    SSPEED Center Tropical Storm Harvey Summary Report – No. 1 (09/05/2017)

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  • Tropical Storm Harvey

    Floodplain Maps for Brays Bayou during Hurricane Harvey (2017)

    The floodplain map for Brays Bayou shows the estimate for 17:00 of 08/27/17 based on radar rainfall for that day. Click here for daily rainfall (max) estimates for the watersheds in Harris County. (data courtesy of Dr. Nick Fang at UT Arlington)

  • Flood Alert System

    Flood Alert System celebrates 20 years with release of FAS4.

    Learn more about the Flood Alert System: Read the Flyer




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Fang Research Group: UAV Advanced Sensors Capabilities & Research



The SSPEED Center’s Dr. Fang is leading research on the “MavAir” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to advance our capabilities for surveying terrain to help flood experts collect and assess complex data for commercial, environmental, energy, utilities, agricultural and urban planning. Due to many uncertainties in existing datasets that prevent critical questions from being answered in the fields of hydrology and hydraulics, Dr. Fang and his team believe that UAVs are the perfect fit to advance our research including collecting timely and ultra-high resolution data. Read More...




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Damage by a hurricane or a severe storm to the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) could impact the regional and national economy. The SSPEED Center has developed a comprehensive database of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) enabling unprecedented evaluation of tank spill risks. Dr. Padgett's team has the first models to evaluate the probability of failure of ASTs. ASTs have increased in number, storage capacity and vulnerability to surge impact. Read More...





    1. The Texas Coastal Exchange (TCX) is a concept developed by the SSPEED Center as a nonstructural hurricane surge damage reduction concept in which landowners who restore natural areas to provide certain ecological protection services receive compensation through a voluntary market exchange. This concept has emerged as a mechanism to address several important issues, including flood damage mitigation, water quantity and quality enhancement, climate change, and fish and wildlife conservation, as well as a means to provide economic resilience in both the farm and ranch community and the oil and gas industry. Read More...

    pdf Texas Coastal Exchange project Report


Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA)


The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA) is proposed as a non-structural hurricane damage mitigation strategy by the SSPEED Center. Read More...



The SSPEED Center’s Jim Blackburn releases new book, “A Texan Plan For the Texas Coast.”


Listen to more details on Blackburn’s book in this interview, “Texas matters post Hurricane Harvey and future supers storms."






2017 Studio Award from Texas Society of Architects
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H-GAPS receives 2017 Studio Award from Texas Society of Architects. It was one of five winners from a pool of 70 projects Read More...



Flood Project Team from TU Delft Researches Flooding in Houston
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The Flood Project Team exists of four master students Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology.    Read More...



SSPEED Students & Researchers Trip to New Orleans












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