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SSPEED Center wins $3.1M to develop storm strategy for Houston-Galveston

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  • Houston-Galveston Area Protection System

    SSPEED Center wins $3.1M to develop storm strategy for Houston-Galveston

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  • SSPEED Center 2014 Report

    Annual Report 2014 for the Phase II funded by the Houston Endowment

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  • International Low Impact Development Conference 2015

    International Low Impact Development Conference 2015 | January 19-21

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  • SSPEED Center Conference: Hurricane Ike 5 Years Later: September 24-25, 2013

    SSPEED Center Conference: Hurricane Ike 5 Years Later: September 24-25, 2013

    Photo: Jim Blackburn, Mayor Annise Parker, Port of Houston Chairman Janiece Longoria, and Phil Bedient.        Read More   

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About SSPEED

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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.


 

Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA)

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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.

 

 

 

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- The Okeechobee Effect

 

In 1928, the second worst natural disaster in U.S. history since the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 occurred. The Okeechobee Hurricane led to 15 ft. of inundation around the 35 mile inland Lake Okeechobee and over 1,800 people lost their lives. Since Galveston Bay and Lake Okeechobee have similar dimensions, the building of a Coastal Spine would result in an enclosed bay similar to that of Lake Okeechobee...

 

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SSPEED Center at Rice University | Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
6100 Main MS-317, Houston, Texas 77005-1827
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1892, Houston,Texas 77251-1892 
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