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Planning prof’s research reveals flaws in municipal hazard plans

Five-year study finds coastal communities' hazard plans lacking

posted February 16, 2018
The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including nearby Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect.
Planning prof presents hazard mitigation strategies in D.C.

Planning prof presents hazard mitigation ideas

posted December 11, 2017
In the nation’s capital, congressional staff and professional meterologists heard Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, present research-based strategies aimed at heightening communities’ ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Senators hear of  post-Harvey housing problems from prof

Senators hear of post-Harvey housing problems from prof

posted December 7, 2017
Editor’s note: Texas lawmakers heard Shannon Van Zandt, professor of urban planning, describe the significant housing difficulties low-and moderate-income people face as they recover from devastation caused by August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
Study: Focused disaster plans help cities better prepare for impact of human-caused climate change

Study: Focused plans help cities prepare for climate change

posted December 5, 2017
Municipalities are more responsive to natural disaster plans that focus on a single threat, such as flooding, than they are to comprehensive resiliency strategies, according to a study evaluating how U.S. cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change.
College of Architecture faculty, students respond to hurricanes

College community responds to Harvey

posted September 20, 2017
As tens of thousands of Texans undergo a long, difficult recovery from Hurricane Harvey, numerous faculty and students initiatives at Texas A&M University are helping individuals and communities learn how to emerge from the damage and mitigate the effects of future disasters.
Brody says Houston flood risk rises as urban sprawl expands

Brody tells Guardian urban sprawl elevates Houston flood risk

posted June 28, 2017
Houston's growth has created a city at risk to devastating floods, said Sam Brody, a flood impact expert and professor of urban planning at Texas A&M, in a June 16, 2017 article in The Guardian, where he said “it’s not if, but when” a natural disaster will strike the metropolis.
Students, residents in Houston neighborhood to create plan combating polluted conditions

Students, residents in Houston to combat neighborhood toxins

posted June 22, 2017
Residents of Sunnyside, a Houston area neighborhood beset by water and air pollution and prone to flooding, will collaborate with College of Architecture students to develop plans to improve their community and create a roadmap for future growth.
Former planning student finds Houston-Galveston region more vulnerable to hurricane flooding

MUP student project reveals new Houston area flood threat

posted June 6, 2017
The Houston-Galveston region is even more vulnerable to hurricane flood damage today than it was when Hurricane Ike struck in 2008, concluded Md Yousuf Reja ’16 in his final Master of Urban Planning project.
Hazard researchers eye disaster effects on food distribution links

HRRC eying how disasters influence food distribution

posted October 11, 2016
Texas A&M University researchers are collaborating on an NSF initiative aimed at identifying links between the U.S. food distribution system and the nation’s energy, water and transportation networks that are most likely to be disrupted in a natural disaster.
Environmental researchers' outreach initiatives seek life enhancing solutions

Texas A&M research transforming urban school, community

posted October 11, 2016
After each heavy rain last spring on the streets of an impoverished, east Houston industrial neighborhood, students from nearby Furr High School trained by Texas A&M graduate planning students mapped and tested the toxicity of storm floodwaters.
Profs evaluating local, regional plans’ effects on vulnerability

Profs evaluating plans' effects on hazard vulnerability

posted February 24, 2016
Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, and Jennifer Horney, Texas A&M associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, are conducting research to raise community resilience to natural disasters.
Planning prof leads U.S., Dutch researchers in flooding study

Planning prof leads Dutch, U.S. coastal flooding study

posted August 24, 2015
Interdisciplinary groups of faculty and students in five U.S. universities will pair with counterparts in The Netherlands in a research project led by Sam Brody, professor of urban planning, to determine how to reduce the impact of coastal flooding.
LAND profs propose series of  enhancements for “Ike Dike”

LAND profs propose series of “Ike Dike” enhancements

posted June 15, 2015
A proposed “Ike Dike” to protect the Galveston/Houston area from hurricane storm surges should incorporate business parks, public spaces and pedestrian thoroughfares, concludes research funded by Texas A&M’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
HRRC identifying best practices in long-term disaster recoveries

HRRC identifying best practices in disaster recoveries

posted March 10, 2015
A research team from Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center is working to identify best practices in pre- and post-disaster planning in communities recovering from a variety of natural and man-made disasters.
TAMU disaster researchers pen four scholarly articles in JAPA

JAPA features 4 papers by TAMU disaster researchers

posted March 4, 2015
Texas A&M’s national prominence in disaster planning research is evidenced in the February 2015 Journal of the American Planning Association special issue in which four of the publication’s 10 articles were penned by Texas A&M faculty and former students.