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Outreach & Exchange

SSPEED's 11th Conference
October 12 & 13, 2023

The SSPEED Center's 11th International Conference, "Urban and Coastal Flooding: Building a Resilient Future" hosted over 120 attendees at the Rice University's Anderson-Clarke Center. Over the two-day conference, several international speakers from the Netherlands and UK presented, as well as top academic, consulting and governmental experts from across the nation. This included presentations on “Coastal Protection for Galveston Bay,” “Nature-Based Flood Solutions” and “Flood Protection and Climate Adaptation in the Dutch Delta.” Attendees had a chance to see a demonstration of temporary flooding solutions by Dutch Water Prevention. Thank you to our sponsors  AECOM, DEC Engineering, Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas, and Walter P. Moore for helping us host this successful event. Click here to learn more.

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February 1, 2023

In the Spring of 2023, SSPEED and TAMU's IDRT hosted a one-day workshop on 2D HEC-RAS Modeling. If you are interested in attending a future training, please email us at

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SSPEED Hosts 10th Conference

More than 150 attendees gathered for the SSPEED Center's 10th Conference, "Post-Harvey Climate and Flood Impacts on the Built Environment "at the Rice Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Over the two-day conference, over 30 top academic, consulting and governmental experts presented on a wide variety of topics, including Urban Design & Policy for Flood Protection, Climate Change and Recent Storms, Impact of the Big Freeze and Energy Systems, COVID in the Environment, and Institute for Disaster Resilient Texas.


AGU Fall Meeting 2021

Bedient's grad students present their research at AGU's 2021 Fall Meeting in New Orleans.

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Rice Students participate in PIRE 2023

Three Rice students spend time researching in the Netherlands through NSF's PIRE program.

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SSPEED Students awarded REA grant

Our REA grant will support the purchase and installation of thermal probes for hydrometeorological monitoring in the Harris Gully Natural Area on campus. Thermal probes will be used to estimate hydraulic conductivity, or the flow of water through soil after rainfall events. Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) of soil is a key parameter in many hydrologic models, but values are typically based on literature or lengthy field and lab testing. By collecting continuous data during real events, we will better understand soil-water interactions and can assess how reasonable traditional parameter estimates are at characterizing infiltration processes.


- True Furrh & Mia Peeples

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TU DELFT CME Students Visit Rice

A group of over 30 students and instructors visit the SSPEED Center as part of a 10-day visit to Houston and Galveston.  After a campus tour, SSPEED presented the Galveston Bay Park Plan.

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Field Trip to Barker Dam

Professor Bedient and SSPEED's project manager, Larry Dunbar, take CEVE students to Barker Reservoir to look at dam operations and discuss Harvey.

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