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Avoiding Disaster Conference: How to Reduce Impacts from the Next Big Storm

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  • Houston-Galveston Area Protection System

    Avoiding Disaster Conference: How to Reduce Impacts from the Next Big Storm

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  • NSF PIRE Award

    NSF PIRE Award

    Congratulations Dr. Sam Brody! Through the National Science Foundation (NSF)- Partnerships of International Research & Education (PIRE), the Flood Risk Reduction Program (FRRP) was awarded $3.6 million over five years to investigate flood risk, community vulnerability, and flood mitigation in Texas and the Netherlands. See more...

  • DIMI on Tour 2015

    SSPEED Continues Collaboration with TU-Delft ( Martijn Schlepers: U.S. Experience )


  • Flood Alert System

    Flood Alert System

    Learn more about the Flood Alert System: Read the flyer and visit the website.    Learn More



Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA)

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The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA) is proposed as a non-structural hurricane damage mitigation strategy by the SSPEED Center. Non-structural alternatives are likely to be required as a part of any structural work funded by the federal government through the Corps of Engineers. As such, the LSCNRA is proposed to be paired with either a coastal barrier or in-bay solutions, or both.    

The LSCNRA has been developed as a proposal by a coalition of local partners and a steering committee. This includes leadership by former Secretary of State James Baker, Houston businessman John Nau and Galvestonian Doug McLeod, as facilitated by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).  Over the past several months, a series of meetings have occurred with potential partners in the formation of this National Recreation Area which would be operated as unit of the National Park System.  An economic study commissioned by NPCA and SSPEED Center found that such an eco-tourism facility could generate upwards of 5,000 jobs and add about $200 million to the local economy. This park system would be a network of existing public and non-governmental organization protected lands.

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Student Snapshot
ChristinaBenjamin Bass, Research focuses on Coastal Flood Alert System.




Katherine Anarde, Research focuses on the interplay between coastal hydro- and morpho-dynamics.

SSPEED Students & Researchers Trip to New Orleans








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