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HGAPS - The Plan Forward (with PDF reader of April 2016 Brochure Update)

Read more...   Proposed H-GAPS Solutions




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Fang Research Group: UAV Advanced Sensors Capabilities & Research


UAV FANG RESEARCH GROUPThe 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. MavAir No. 1 (see video) is an octocopter UAV selected by Fang and his team to provide high payload capacity, long flight duration and stability, which supports several remote sensing applications, including LiDAR. Currently, his main research goal in UAVs for the SSPEED center is to collect, process and integrate all of these different pieces of information like terrain, vegetation, waterbodies, bridges, and flood inundation extension to a comprehensive and precise hydrologic/hydraulic model.





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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. Scenarios show that since 1965 the expected risk of spills has doubled for a large storm event, with a significant upward trajectory in the last 10 years due to the replacement, addition, and siting of large ASTs in surge prone areas... 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...





SSPEED teams up with Young Owls Leadership Program
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Notable Meetings
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On March 9, 2017, SSPEED Center Spring Kick-Off Meeting

The SSPEED Center hosted a kick-off meeting with its directors, researchers, and students to discuss the next phase of work for the Houston Endowment.  Read More...



SSPEED Students & Researchers Trip to New Orleans












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