Mr. Jim Blackburn
Partner, Blackburn & Carter; Professor of the Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Mr. Blackburn will discuss the temporal nature of siting complex structural storm mitigation solutions with a special emphasis on those that can be taken in the short-term and at less cost.
Dr. Phil Bedient
Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Dr. Bedient will present a conceptual framework for an early flood warning system for the Houston-Galveston Region that could be implemented in a timely and low cost manner. He will use his successful work at the Texas Medical Center as an example.
Dr. Clint Dawson
Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Dawson will discuss the Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC) as the preeminent computer tool for predicting flooding and show examples of a category 4 hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston Area.
Mr. Tom Colbert
Associate Professor, Architecture, University of Houston
Mr. Kevin Shanley
CEO, SWA Group and Chairman, Board of the Bayou Preservation Association
Mr. Colbert and Mr. Shanley will co-present information about the various structural and non-structural mitigation options available to protect Galveston Bay system from a level 4 storm.
Dr. Susan Rees
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning and Environmental Division, Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program
Dr. Rees will present details about the Army Corps of Engineers planning process and the viability of structural versus non-structural alternatives along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Alabama.
Mr. Bill Read
Director, National Hurricane Center
Mr. Read will offer a brief welcome message.
Dr. John Pardue
Howell Stewart Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University
Dr. Hanadi Rifai
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Dr. Pardue will discuss the industrial implications from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast while Dr. Rifai speaks about the impacts from Hurricane Ike on the Houston Ship Channel.
Ms. Lynn Scarlett
Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future
Dr. John Anderson
Maurice Ewing Professor in Oceanography, Department of Earth Science, Rice University
Ms. Scarlett and Dr. Anderson will offer suggestions for various land-use options so conservation areas, federal lands and parks can serve as natural buffer to hurricanes. Secondarily, they will discuss the natural properties of barrier islands and how this aligns with the land-use options available.
Dr. Roy K. Dokka
Director, Center for Geoinformatics, Lousiana State University
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been criticized for some time for not addressing hurricane surge flooding. While that situation is starting to change, the maps on the Texas coast will be changing in the not-too-distant future. In this session, the experience in Louisiana with the new mapping process will be discussed.
Staff Scientist, Arcadis
Dr. W.H. Espey
President, Espey Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Clark and Dr. Espey will co-present "Historical documentation and validation for the FEMA/USACE Texas Hurricane Project-TX2010 ADCIRC Model."
Dr. Carol Lewis
Director, Center for Transportation Training & Research, Texas Southern University
Dr. Jamie E. Padgett
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Mr. Bill Wheeler
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Harris County
Dr. Brian Wolshon
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University
The speakers will discuss development in the evacuation zone, the evacuation of the designated area and the important questions associated with the return of residents after a storm has come ashore. Special attention will be placed on the critical transportation infrastructure required and the adequacy of plans to deal with citizens who have lost their homes and/or place of employment.