The SSPEED Center began conducting research based on lessons learned from Hurricane Ike in 2008 with the goal of better preparing and defending the region from future storm surge and flooding. Building on these research findings, the SSPEED Center’s current initiative is to create a comprehensive storm strategy for the region, known as the “Houston-Galveston Area Protection System” (H-GAPS). This includes structural and non-structural alternatives to protect residential and industrial developments in the region. Learn more about H-GAPS and read more about the SSPEED Center’s vision, mission and objectives.
Hurricane Ike taught us that undeveloped lands along the coast can serve as a natural buffer for a tremendous amount of storm surge tide, reducing flooding and property damage further inland. Assembling undeveloped lands along the Upper Texas Coast into a National Recreation Area has been proposed as one strategy for preserving this critical flood control capacity while generating significant economic advantages for local communities.
"The Texas Coastal Exchange" A research project completed by the SSPEED Center of Rice University for the National Parks Conservation Association under a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
For a recent update on the Lone Star Coastal National Recreational Area, please read the report prepared by Jim Blackburn in July, 2013.