After the Flood: Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

On the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Rice University and other experts explore strategies to promote resilience to severe weather in the Gulf Coast and around the world.

While the trillion gallons of water that inundated Harris County were unprecedented, severe storms and flooding are painfully familiar to the Bayou City. This course considers the Houston region’s vulnerability to extreme weather and the extraordinary efforts that have taken place to rebuild lives and communities in the wake of Harvey. Scientists, engineers, architects, urban planners and others share innovative design, engineering, social, environmental, economic and policy strategies that may help Houston and other cities around the globe become more resilient to future storms.

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Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1705.F18.1 After the Flood Instructors On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018

Instructor: After the Flood Instructors

Sept. 27. “An Overview of Hurricane Harvey Impacts and Flood Warning Systems.” Philip B. Bedient, Ph.D., Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director, SSPEED Center, Rice University

Oct. 4. “Houston’s Vulnerability to Floods and Severe Weather.” Samuel Brody, Ph.D., George P. Mitchell ’40 Endowed Chair in Sustainable Coasts and director, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, Texas A&M University–Galveston

Oct. 11. “The Human Impact of Hurricane Harvey.” Kyle Shelton, Ph.D., director of strategic partnerships and Jie Wu, M.S., director of research management, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Oct. 18. “Rebuilding Lives and Communities After Harvey.” Amanda Timm, MPAff, executive director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Oct. 25. “Infrastructure Resilience in the Face of Severe Storms.” Jamie Ellen Padgett, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

Nov. 1. “Reclamation and Resilience: Urban Planning and Design.” Albert Pope, MArch, Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Rice University

Nov. 8. “Sustaining Resilience: Climate Change, Sustainability and Green Infrastructure.” Richard Johnson, MUEP, director, Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management and professor in the practice of environmental studies, Department of Sociology, Rice University

Nov. 15. “A Vision for a Resilient Future: Shaping Policy and Building Community Will in a ‘Full World.’” Jim Blackburn, J.D., professor in the practice of environmental law, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 27, 2018

End Date: Nov. 15, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $235

Early Registration: $225 if registering by Sept. 13

Rice Alumni: $212

CEUs: 1.2

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