Hurricane Hal

Rescheduled to Monday, June 21
Dr. Hal Needham will provide an overview of storm surge, the world’s most deadly and destructive natural hazard. He will provide a data-driven flood risk perspective that helps coastal communities prepare for future floods. He also will discuss innovative technologies he is launching related to Flood Information Systems, which tie flood inundations to financial losses. He will wrap up the talk by providing a perspective of what’s real and what’s hype related to climate change.


Dr. Hal Needham is a climate data and natural hazards scientist with more than 15 years’ experience conducting data-driven risk analysis for disaster-prone communities. He develops cutting-edge technology, such as flood information systems, that help communities make crucial decisions related to flood risk and mitigation. Needham is an award-winning public speaker on the topic of applied science and has been featured on science specials through PBS and the BBC. He directs the U-Surge Project, which provides the first coastal flood climatology for communities from Texas to Maine. Dr. Needham resides in Galveston, Texas, site of the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. He has obtained a B.S. from Penn State University and M.S. and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University

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