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Using Spatial Analysis to Assess Flood Risk and Reduction in Coastal Areas

March 24, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Sam Brody
Department of Marine Sciences Texas A&M University at Galveston



Never before have the repercussions from both surge and rainfall‐based storm events been so damaging to the economic vitality of local communities. Losses from both acute and chronic flood events are especially problematic in low‐lying coastal areas, where development has accelerated in recent decades. This presentation will demonstrate how spatial analytical techniques can be used to understand the nature of flood risk to coastal residents and identify measures that can reduce flood impacts. Case studies and geospatial findings from over a decade of research along the Gulf of Mexico will be used to show how coastal communities can become more resilient and less flood prone in the future.


Samuel D. Brody is a Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He is the Director of Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Co­‐Director of the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities. Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scienfific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and recently authored the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning and sustainable/resilient coastal development. He has also worked in both the public and private sectors to help local coastal communities to environmental and flood mitigation plans. For more information, please visit www.tamug.edu/ctbs or www.tamug.edu/ISCC.


March 24, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Rudder Tower, Room 301