IDRT Director featured on The Weather Channel video series

The Weather Channel developed a series of videos on coastal disasters along the Interstate 10 highway. IDRT’s Director, Sam Brody, is featured at the 5:15 minute mark of the first video. Sam discusses the impact of coastal storm events on Texas. The Weather Channel describes the video series as an examination of “Disaster Road.” Along […]

IDRT showcased in Houston NPR news story about NFIP program.

In a story written by Katie Watkins at Houston Public Media, IDRT Director, Sam Brody, is quoted about the causes of increased flood damage in Houston. The story also discusses the implications and impact that the changes to FEMA’s NFIP program will have on Texans. “Under the restructuring, some 89% of policyholders in Harris County […]

IDRT selects 2 students for REU Programs

IDRT recently welcome Sarah Lawrence and Shefali Venkatramani (Shea) to our team for the summer of 2021. Sarah and Shea are participating in a National Science Foundation (NSF) program called the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  The REU program is a grant-based summer platform hosted by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in high-level, academic […]

Flood Resilient Aggies Program Granted Funding

IDRT is thrilled to announce that The Flood Resilient Aggies Program (FRAP) has been accepted for funding! This collaborative commitment means that the program can now build on and expand educational features for participating students. Led by Dr. Yoonjeong Lee, FRAP offers a month-long international experience of authentic and transformative learning through immersive research activities […]

IDRT contributes first chapter in “A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation”

IDRT is excited to announce that “A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy” has been published and is now available for purchase. The first chapter, titled “A Comprehensive Framework for Coastal Flood-Risk Reduction: Charting a Course Toward Resiliency” is authored by our very own Samuel Brody, Kayode Atoba, Wesley Highfield, Antonia Sebastian, […]

IDRT’s Sherry Parker is honored with a 2021 President’s Meritorious Service Award

Congratulations to IDRT’s Business Administrator, Sherry Parker, on being named a 2021 President’s Meritorious Service Award winner! “Congrats to Sherry Parker for winning this prestigious award! I can’t think of a more deserving candidate who lifts everyone up around her with her work excellence and sense of integrity. I know we would never be nearly […]

IDRT releases a new Measuring, Mapping and Managing Flood Risk in Texas web tool.

IDRT recently updated and improved on our the original tool for identifying flood risk across 14 counties along the Upper Texas coast. New features include: (1) more explanation of how we are using statistical machine learning techniques to identify expected flood impacts based on parcel-level flood damage claims; (2) different return periods/probability of flood events; […]

IDRT Releases a new web tool demonstrating annual likelihood of flooding.

IDRT has developed a new web tool to show the annual likelihood of flooding based on historic flood damages. To accomplish this, researchers at the Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas at Texas A&M University at Galveston used a machine learning algorithm trained on nearly 40 years of insured loss data from FEMA’s National Flood […]

Bill Read ’71 ’76 is being honored with the Michel T. Halbouty Geosciences Medal.

Bill Read received his B.S. and M.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M in 1971 and 1976, respectively. His decades of experience serving in the meteorology field include flying into and forecasting tropical cyclones and other severe weather events for the U.S. Navy and the National Weather Service (NWS), working as a senior forecaster in the […]