Harvey-Related Projects

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 near Corpus Christi, Texas. Over the next five days the storm devastated the Texas coast, dropping over 36 inches of rain over 2500 sq mi area and causing unprecedented levels of damage. Harvey is one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Life-threatening flooding in the City of Houston and surrounding areas caught the world’s attention.  SSPEED Center-related reports on Harvey can be found below.

Coupled Flood Alert System and Infrastructure Risk Modeling for White Oak Bayou

PI:  Jamie E. Padgett, Ph.D.

Co-PI:  Philip B. Bedient, Ph.D., P.E.

Postdoc: Andrew Juan, Ph.D.

The consortium's researchers are collaborating to compile, analyze, and share scientifically-informed data about flooding risk and mitigation opportunities. The consortium will be releasing reports and studies on an ongoing basis.  For more information, please click here.

​Small-Scale Applications of Distributed Hydrologic Model Vflo® to Characterize Impacts from Mitigation Projects and Site-scale Re-development on Street-level Flooding

PI:  Philip B. Bedient, Ph.D., P.E.

Team:  Samuel Brody, Ph.D., P.E., Andrew Juan, Ph.D., Russell Blessing, & Avantika Gori

Evaluating the Impact of Recent Extreme Precipitation Events on Rainfall Risk Estimates Through Updated Extreme Value Analysis Methods

Rice Houston Engagement & Recovery Effort (HERE)

Rice Collaborators:  Kathy Ensor, Philip Bedient, and Chris Hakkenberg 

Overview:  This analysis will leverage the most up-to-date data and methods to provide new design rainfall estimates that can aid engineers and infrastructure planners in developing a more flood-resilient city. This analysis will also quantify the increasing frequency of high-intensity events, which will better represent the true rainfall-risk in any given year.

Learning From Harvey: Temporal Evolution of Flooding and Transportation Accessibility

Rice Houston Engagement & Recovery Effort (HERE)

Rice Collaborators:  Jamie Padgett, Philip Bedient, & James Elliot

Overview:  This project will develop new understanding of the spatial and temporal evolution of flood risks on transportation accessibility for vulnerable communities in the Greater Houston region.

Affect of Climate Change on Future Harvey-like Hurricanes and the Implications for Houston

Rice Houston Engagement & Recovery Effort (HERE)

Rice Collaborators:  Pedram Hassanzadeh, Phil Bedient, Daniel Cohan, & Laurence Yeung

Overview:  This project will use the projections of future jet stream’s wind, sea-surface temperature, and sea level as input in the hurricane track and surge models to produce the first-ever quantitative estimates of the potential impact of climate change on flooding, storm surge, and air pollution in Houston.

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