Flooding in the ‘Post-Harvey Era’ focus of Rice conference

Jade Boyd

Flooding in the ‘Post-Harvey Era’ focus of Rice conference

SSPEED event speakers include Harris County commissioners Cagle, Garcia

HOUSTON — (Oct. 3, 2019) – A wide group of flooding experts, researchers, engineers, city planners and others will join Harris County Commissioners Jack Cagle and Adrian Garcia, Houston “flood czar” Marissa Aho and Port of Houston Authority Chair Ric Campo October 8-9 at Rice University to discuss how greater Houston can be made more resilient to storms and flooding in the post-Harvey era.

What: “Post-Harvey Era: Resilient Engineering, Infrastructure and Policy,” sponsored by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, will address Houston’s post-Harvey vulnerabilities and how to best prepare for future storms like Harvey, Ike and Imelda.

Who:  Speakers include SSPEED co-directors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn, New York architect and Galveston Bay Park designer Rob Rogers, Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe and several officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A complete program and list of speakers are available here.

When:  Oct. 8-9

Where: Glasscock School of Continuing Studies’ Anderson-Clarke Center, on the west side of Rice’s campus near Entrance 8 at Stockton Drive and University Boulevard.

Registration is required and seating is limited. For further information, members of the news media may contact Jade Boyd, associate director of news and media relations at Rice, at jadeboyd@rice.edu or 713-348-6778.

Helpful links:

SSPEED Center: http://sspeed.rice.edu/

Conference registration: https://www.sspeed.rice.edu/conference-2019

Glasscock School of Continuing Studies: https://gscs.rice.edu

Campus map: http://www.rice.edu/maps/Rice-University-Color-Campus-Map.pdf

Parking info: https://parking.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=52

Rice media relations: http://news.rice.edu/contact-us/


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About Jade Boyd

Jade Boyd is science editor and associate director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.