June 1, 2015
The six-month hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects fewer storms than normal for a third consecutive year. El Niño may be the reason.
Texas Tech University leads the nation in wind research. Texas Tech University has a number of researchers with extensive experience researching hurricanes such as Rita, Katrina and Ike and can speak as experts about various aspects of these devastating storms.
The National Wind Institute (NWI), as it is now known, combines the former Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) research center, which created the first doctorate in wind science and engineering, with the Texas Wind Energy Institute (TWEI), creator of the only bachelor of science degree in wind energy. NWI strengthens the university’s interdisciplinary approach to all things wind.
John Schroeder, professor of atmospheric sciences, visited affected areas after both hurricanes
Rita and Katrina to deploy instrumented towers that gather high-resolution storm data
at a time when most conventional observation systems fail. Schroeder can offer insight
into how hurricanes develop, move and react to various meteorological elements. He
is an expert on hurricane winds and has been actively intercepting hurricanes since
Schroeder can be reached at (806) 834-5678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daan Liang, assistant professor of construction engineering technology and interim director
of NWI, used satellite images and aerial photos along with ground survey results to
investigate building damage caused by Hurricane. Liang used various probability models
to study how the construction of buildings affects their vulnerability against severe
windstorms. Recently, his research is focused on the advancement of remote sensing
technology in documenting and assessing wind damages to residential structures.
Liang can be reached at (806) 834-0383 or email@example.com.
Ernst Kiesling, research professor at NWI and executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association
(NSSA), recommends that homeowners who live above the flood plane in hurricane-prone
areas buy a storm shelter for their home. As was seen in Houston preceding Hurricane
Rita, evacuations are stressful and expensive. They often put immense strain on traffic
corridors, leading to traffic jams and – in the case of Houston – fatalities. By using
in-home shelters, some families who are not required to evacuate can remain where
they are and ease the traffic flow. However, Kiesling urges buyers to look for a seal
of the NSSA when they buy a safe room for their home, because not all shelters are
verified to be fully compliant with current standards for storm shelters and to provide
full protection from extreme winds. Kiesling has more than 35 years of experience
in the design, standards-writing and quality control of storm shelters.
Kiesling can be reached at (806) 834-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Tanner, research associate in civil engineering, completed a six-month investigation working
with the FEMA mitigation assessment team on the wind damage to residential structures
from Hurricane Ike in Texas and Louisiana. He also was a member of the FEMA mitigation
assessment team that studied Hurricane Katrina. He led a team that recorded wind and
water damage along the coastline in Louisiana and Mississippi. Much of the damage
done by Katrina, he said, resulted from structures being built below the base flood
elevation, or the elevation that flood waters will rise to during a 100-year storm
event (meaning the storm only has a 1 percent chance of happening in a year).
Tanner can be reached at (806) 834-2320 or email@example.com.
Bradley Ewing, professor of operations management in the Rawls College of Business, has studied the economic impact of hurricanes and tornadoes. He can speak to the
impact of hurricanes and tornadoes in cities like Oklahoma City; Corpus Christi; Wilmington,
North Carolina; Miami, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Ewing can be reached at (806) 834-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Wind Institute (NWI) is world-renowned for conducting innovative research in the areas of wind energy, wind hazard mitigation, wind-induced damage, severe storms and wind-related economics.
NWI is also home to world-class researchers with expertise in numerous academic fields such as atmospheric science, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, mathematics and economics, and NWI was the first in the nation to offer a doctorate in Wind Science and Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.