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Hurricane Isaiah: A Fictional Storm with Potentially Real Consequences

Posted on · With just under a month left in another relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season for Greater Houston, it’s natural for complacency to set in. But that’s just what worries the folks at Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters, or SSPEED Center. Researchers there are trying to understand just how well (or not) Greater […]

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Study: Levees Cheaper Than Sea Wall To Protect Galveston From Hurricanes

Posted on · The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District just finished Phase 2 of their storm surge suppression study. Public meetings are scheduled for later this month (March 2016). We learn about the storm surge suppression study from Robert Eckels, former Harris County Judge and president of the GCCPRD. He details what the GCCPRD does and walks us […]

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Report: Greater Houston’s a ‘Sitting Duck’ for the Next Big Storm

Posted on · Reporters from the Texas Tribune and ProPublica have teamed up on a report examining the Houston and Galveston region’s lack of storm infrastructure. The article is called Hell and High Water, and it suggests Greater Houston is simply unprepared to handle that next big storm. To tell us more, we talk with Texas Tribune environmental reporter Kiah Collier. […]

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Research Shows New Ways to Protect Against Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. With the Atlantic hurricane season just behind us, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how […]

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Storm Protection and Rothko Retrospective: Friday’s Show (December 4, 2015)

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how climate change […]