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It's been more than two and half years since the SSPEED Center at Rice has hosted a public conference on protecting the greater Houston-Galveston area from severe storms and hurricanes. During our last conference, the focus was on the vulnerabilities of the region and potential mitigation strategies. In a two-day conference this April, we are presenting updates and advancements to our ongoing research, as well as proposals on solutions that move us closer to building a more resilient coast.


» Conference Agenda
» Conference Recap
» Slides (April 26th, 2016)
» Slides (April 27th, 2016)

 

»Low Impact Development and Urban Resiliency:

» 2015 World Environmental & Water Resources Conference: EWRI-ASCE:
   Date: May 17-21, 2015

The SSPEED Center researchers and students traveled to Austin to attend the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Conference hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI). The attendees included SSPEED Director Phil Bedient, UT-Arlington's Nick Fang, Bob Kiani and Shang Gao; UT-Austin’s Jennifer Proft and Rice graduate students Jacob Torres, Benjamin Bass, and John “Nick” Irza. Their presentations included new modeling efforts for the Houston-Galveston region spanning a variety of topics including dynamic surge and rainfall runoff simulation, dynamic precipitation events, quantification of storm surge flood damages, and construction of flood alert systems. Concepts for design of coastal protection systems were presented by engineers Charlie Penland of Water P. Moore and Associates, Joseph Cibor  of Cibor Geoconsultants, and AECOM’s Carl Sepulveda and Ashley Judith.  In addition, Texas A&M Galveston’s Sam Brody and graduate student Russell Blessing  and the University of Houston’s Daniel Burleson outlined the SSPEED Center’s damage assessment research examining coastal development resiliency against flood risk at a regional scale and facility level.

 

The conference was well attended and offered SSPEED researchers with a unique opportunity to initiate a dialogue and brainstorm with professionals, researchers and government entities studying coastal resiliency in diverse regional settings including Louisiana, Florida, New York and Columbia. The SSPEED Center plans to incorporate audience feedback and comments into the next stage of work within the next year.

» Houston-Galveston Area Protection System(HGAPS) workshop:
    Date: October 15-16, 2014

The SSPEED Center hosted senior researchers from TU-Delft, as well as representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, Texas A&M- Galveston and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The meeting was followed by two days of workshops where SSPEED Center representatives partnered with local groups to continue discussing the Houston-Galveston Area Protection System (HGAPS).

 

 

 

 


» Low Impact Development (LID) in Houston Workshop Date:
    Date: April 3, 2014

The SSPEED Center hosted its second annual workshop on low-impact development (LID) in Houston, an engineering and land-planning approach that mimics nature to both slow stormwater runoff and clean stormwater before it enters waterways. The goal of the workshop was to help participants and the community gain a better perspective of all disciplines involved in LID, including academia, private developers, engineering firms, architects, government officials and local LID champions. The topics included local Harris County case studies, LID as a stormwater management tool, improving LID feature performance, stormwater management aspects of the Envision Rating System, how to model LID, ecosystem services for LID and hydrologic impacts of land cover change.

» Conference Agenda
» Link to slides

» Hurricane Ike: 5 Years Later Conference
    Date: September 24-25, 2013

5 Years since Hurricane Ike came ashore, top experts in the field discussed hurricane protection for Houston, Hurricane Sandy risk and response, and post Hurricane Katrina activities. Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Port Chairman Janiece Longoria and Silver Eagle Distributors CEO John L. Nau, III presented. 5 Years since Hurricane Ike came ashore, top experts in the field discussed hurricane protection for Houston, Hurricane Sandy risk and response, and post Hurricane Katrina activities. Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Port Chairman Janiece Longoria and Silver Eagle Distributors CEO John L. Nau, III presented.


» Conference Summary
» Conference Agenda
» Link to slides

» Low Impact Development (LID) in Houston Workshop
   Date: February 26, 2013

LID is an engineering and land planning approach to managing stormwater runoff and is being implemented in many areas around the U.S. By mimicking nature, we can promote natural movement of water in the City's watersheds, thereby improving the City's water quality.


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» Conference Agenda
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» Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Mitigation And Response
   Date:  April 10 - 11, 2012

The SSPEED Center has taken a unique approach to developing mitigation strategies and has identified four zones of interest in the Houston-Galveston region: the Houston Ship Channel, West Bayshore including Clear Lake, Galveston Island and a Coastal Recreation Area. The conference included an update on current findings by researchers at Texas A&M, the University of Texas, University of Houston and Rice University. The conference included two half day short courses on emergency management strategy and storm modeling and provided a forum for public discussion and response for decision and policy makers, and stakeholders.


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» Advanced Hydrologic/Hydraulic Models for Decision Makers and Engineers
   Date: December 7, 2011

This conference marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Ike making landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. Meeting on Sept 13, 2010, this one day event brought together private, public, and academia sectors that explored the newest research and developments since last year's conference.

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» Conference Agenda
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» Hurricane Ike: What We Have Learned and Steps to the Future.
   Date: September 13, 2010

This conference marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Ike making landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. Meeting on Sept 13, 2010, this one day event brought together private, public, and academia sectors that explored the newest research and developments since last year's conference.

» Conference Summary
» Conference Website
» Conference Agenda
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» 2010 Coastal Resilience Symposium
   Date: May 26,2010

The SSPEED Center hosted a one-day symposium at Rice University to examine how to build a more resilient coastline along the Houston/Galveston region. Representatives from several not for profit, governmental, and academic institutions gathered together, along with representatives from the Netherlands, to discuss the complex issue of “hardening” the coast. Structural and non-structural mitigation techniques were discussed.

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» Hurricane Ike: Revisited
   Date: September 14, 2009

A one-day conference was held at Rice University to mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Ike making landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. The meeting was open to the public and included discussion of the recovery and renewal efforts for the Houston/Galveston area. Experts from public, private and academic institutions were in attendance.

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» Conference Flyer
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» Hurricane Ike: Lessons Learned
   Date: December 11, 2008

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Presentations delve into the execution of preparation during Ike, the innovative technology used to analyze the storms, and the improvements to be made for future severe storms.  ►Please Contact SSPEED for More Information...

 

 


 

» Severe Storm Prediction and Global Climate Impact on the Gulf Coast
   Date: October 29-31, 2008

This multi-day conference focused on issues surrounding Hurricane Katrina including storm prediction and warning, emergency response and recovery strategies. There were also sessions on pre-disaster planning and preparedness, mitigation of severe storm impacts, and both educational and social dimensions of disasters. The last day of the conference concentrated on the impacts of global change on Gulf Coast climate and infrastructure. Participants from across the nation included speakers from public, private and academic sectors.

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Date: June 23, 2008

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Date: May 29, 2008

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