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Austin – Hot Science Cool Talks – Hurricane Harvey: Flood Emergency Response

September 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hurricane Harvey was the most significant severe storm of 3-5 days duration in United States history, raining 50 inches or more in parts of Texas. A new National Water Model can forecast water flow in streams and rivers similar to how the National Weather Service forecasts weather. David Maidment shares his experience applying this model to Texas, including his behind-the-scenes experience working in the State Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey and his recommendations for how Texas can become resilient in the face of future large-scale floods. For the Q&A session, David will be joined by a panel of experts on disaster recovery.Registration will open three weeks prior to event date.

Co-sponsored by Planet Texas 2050, UT’s first grand challenge research initiative that’s bringing together more than 100 researchers from across campus to find ways to make Texas more resilient in the face of rapid population growth and climate extremes. Additional support provided by the Leon Jones Hot Science – Cool Talks Endowment.

About the presenters

Dr. David Maidment

Dr. David Maidment

David R. Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, where he has been on the faculty since 1981. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for development of geographic information systems applied to hydrologic processes. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and research contributions.

Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz is the Communications and Policy Director for the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department. During Hurricane Harvey, Sarah was part of the team that ran the mega-shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of State and was a co-founder of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.


September 14, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Student Activity Center (SAC), UT Campus
2201 Speedway
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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Environmental Science Institute
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