Rice University Holds Conference To Discuss Hurricane Response Strategies

September 8, 2010

Hurricane Ike is still being evaluated, two years after it slammed into the Gulf Coast.

On the storm’s anniversary, researchers and managers from public, private and academic institutions will gather at Rice University to discuss what has been learned in the years since Ike. The annual conference held by Rice’s Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) will focus on strategies to help Gulf Coast communities respond rapidly to stem the devastation caused by storm surges and inland flooding.

The conference will take place two years to the day after Ike’s Texas landfall on Sept. 13 at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end with a reception at 4:30 p.m.

Speakers will include experts on storm surge, flood prediction, transportation systems, civil engineering, homeland security, flooding and storm mitigation, and structural and nonstructural strategies for protecting Galveston Bay.

“Our research indicates that for capital-intensive structural solutions, it is clear that the community will be left vulnerable by the extended time it takes to design, fund, permit and construct such a major feature as the Ike Dike,” said Phil Bedient, director of the SSPEED Center and Rice’s Herman Brown Professor of Engineering. “There are better ways to address storm surge and inland flooding, such as a mix of structural and non-structural alternatives that can be employed in less time and at a lower cost.”

SSPEED, Rice’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the office of the dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering are sponsors of the conference. The cost to attend is $50.

To register, click here.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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