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 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, […]
Dr. Brody was interviewed for a news story, “Flood-prone homeowners may pay more due to upcoming FEMA flood insurance changes” about his perspective on the changes in the federal flood insurance premium and pay structure. To learn more, read the article or watch the interview.
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 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 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 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 […]
Previous rules emphasized infrastructure projects like sea walls and levees. A Texas A&M expert says there’s now room for both approaches.
Professor William Merrell says the plan proposed after Hurricane Ike in 2008 is still needed, and the Texas coast could again face catastrophic damage.
A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality.