October 5, 2016
Texas Tech University's Hurricane Research Team is on its way to intercept Hurricane Matthew and prepare for a possible deployment.
Texas Tech leads the nation in wind research through the National Wind Institute (NWI). A number of researchers have extensive experience researching hurricanes such as Rita, Katrina and Ike and can speak about various aspects of these devastating storms.
John Schroeder, professor of atmospheric sciences, is the principal investigator for the Texas Tech Hurricanes at Landfall (TTUHAL)
Project and founder of the Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team. He 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 1998.
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, uses satellite images and aerial photos along with ground
survey results to investigate building damage caused by hurricanes. Liang uses 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 damage to residential
Liang can be reached at (806) 834-0383 or email@example.com.
Ernst Kiesling, research professor and executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association
(NSSA), recommends homeowners who live above the flood plain 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 the
seal of the NSSA when they buy a safe room for their home, because not all shelters
are verified to be fully compliant with standards for storm shelters and 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 Federal Emergency Management
Agency (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.
The National Wind Institute combines the former Wind Science and Engineering research center, which created the first doctorate in wind science and engineering, with the former Texas Wind Energy Institute, creator of the only bachelor of science degree in wind energy. NWI strengthens the university's interdisciplinary approach to all things wind.
The Hurricane Research Team was established in 1998 with the mission to mitigate the effects of landfalling hurricanes on life and property.
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.