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Hurricane Evacuation Studies: Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend Studies

October 18, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Alex Abuabara
PhD Student, Urban Planning
Texas A&M University

This presentation will briefly show how the demarcation of new hurricane evacuation zones on the Texas coast are developed. In order to minimize the populational exposure to the risk presented by hurricanes, both physical and social vulnerability are considered. In a basic approach, evacuation zones are derived from expected surge inundation due to hurricanes. However, many nuances have to be considered in the final form that the zones will have, and how they will be executed. More than anything, this presentation is an opportunity to discuss how research can be translated into a real application. –

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Alexander is a PhD student in Urban and Regional Sciences and Research Assistant in the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M. In real words, he is somewhere between an Urbanist (i.e. specialist in the study and planning of cities) and a Geo-statistician (i.e. spatial data scientist). His research focuses on risk analysis. He is a coding and reproducible research enthusiast, employing intensely open-source software, such as R, QGIS and LaTeX. Currently, he works on the NSF GACHM project (The Adoption and Utilization of Hazard Mitigation Practices by Jurisdictions along Gulf and Atlantic Coasts) and on the Hurricane Evacuation Study in the Coastal Bend Area (HES/CBSA), where contributes producing maps and spatial analysis.


October 18, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807