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Planning prof helps write report urging change in coastal policy

Planning prof helps write paper urging coastal policy change

posted August 4, 2014
To contend with the rapidly escalating threat of coastal flooding, government agencies need to adopt a new, fundamentally different strategy focused on flood prevention rather than recovery, according to a recent National Research Council report.
Planning prof calls Harris County toxic waste pits a ‘loaded gun’

Planning prof calls Harris County waste pits a ‘loaded gun’

posted July 25, 2014
Toxic waste pits along the San Jacinto River in far east Harris County containing dioxin and other hazardous substances are a “loaded gun” threatening human health and the environment, said Sam Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M University.
HRRC researchers focus on resilience, smart planning

HRRC marks 25th year championing resilience, planning

posted February 17, 2014
To mark 25 years of disaster-related research at Texas A&M University, many of the nation’s top hazard researchers are gathering on campus April 4-5 to present their latest work as part of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center’s “Planning for Disaster Resilience Symposium.”
Professor offers strategies for enhancing hurricane resilience

Prof suggests ways to enhance community hurricane resilience

posted December 4, 2013
Communities can improve their hurricane resilience by better protecting wetlands, diversifying their respective economies and building communication networks for socially vulnerable groups, said Sam Brody, Texas A&M professor of urban planning.
TAMU hazard scientists team with Dutch to seek flooding solutions

Dutch, U.S. scientists partner on flood mitigation research

posted October 9, 2013
Last summer, Texas A&M hazard mitigation researchers partnered with their Dutch counterparts at Delft University in The Netherlands to developed a joint research agenda to combat a common enemy — flooding.
Community resilience is essence of Texas A&M hazard research

Nation's safety enhanced by resiliency studies

posted July 15, 2013
Though natural and man-made disasters are inevitable, scientists at the Texas A&M College of Architecture are working on ways to minimize their impact, hasten recovery and gain valuable insight from the process.
Study: 100-year flood plain poor indicator of likely flood damage

Study shows 100-year flood plain not good flood loss predictor

posted May 29, 2013
The 100-year floodplain, a longstanding metric for determining the chance of an area’s inundation by flood waters, appears to be an inaccurate measure for predicting potential flood-related loss, said Samuel Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M.
Study eyes economic impact of Lake Conroe's lowering levels

Study eyes how lower Lake Conroe levels impact economy

posted August 14, 2012
Ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S., groundwater-dependent Montgomery County, Texas is confronted with a looming water crisis threatening future growth, according to a study by urban planners at Texas A&M University.