With Tropical Storm Dolly expected to gain hurricane strength today (July 22) and
headed for the Texas Coast, Texas Tech University has a number of wind scientists
with extensive experience researching hurricanes such as Rita and Katrina and can
speak as experts about various aspects of these devastating storms.
Through Texas Tech's multi-disciplinary Wind Science and Engineering Research Center,
the scientists study various aspects of a hurricane, such as: the meteorological forces
at work as the hurricane makes landfall, wind damage to buildings such as houses and
"lifeline" infrastructure, and the economic impact that evacuations have on cities,
banks and stock prices.
Our experts can speak about their findings in Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and other
data collected through the center's three decades of studying wind-related events:
, assistant professor of construction engineering technology at Texas Tech University,
investigated building damages caused by Hurricane Katrina using satellite images and
aerial photos along with ground survey results.
Liang has studied how the construction of buildings affects their vulnerability against
severe windstorms with various probability models. 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) 742-3538 or email@example.com.
, professor of operations management in the Rawls College of Business, has studied
the economic impact of hurricanes and tornadoes for more than 12 years. He can speak
to the impact of hurricanes and tornadoes in cities like Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi,
Wilmington, N.C., Miami, and Nashville, Tenn. Ewing can be reached at (806) 742-3939
John L. Schroeder
, assistant professor of Atmospheric Science at Texas Tech University, 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 how the hurricane interacts with man's
built environment at landfall and has been actively intercepting hurricanes since
1998. Schroeder can be reached at (806) 742-2813 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
, professor of civil engineering and executive director of the National Storm Shelter
Association, 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 often can put immense
strain on traffic corridors, leading to traffic jams and - in the case of Houston
- fatalities. By utilizing 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 National Storm Shelter Association
when they buy a safe room for their home. Although there are a variety of products
available for homes, Kiesling says many shelters are not designed to be fully compliant
with current standards for storm shelters and might not provide full protection from
Kiesling can speak on the construction and use of residential and community shelters.
Kiesling has more than 30 years of experience in the field documenting debris damage
and testing different materials and types of construction. He can be reached at (806)
742-3476, ext.335 or email@example.com.
, research associate in civil engineering, 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 says, 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) 742-3476 ext. 336, or firstname.lastname@example.org.