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Hurricane Harvey

May 03, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
13210
Houston, TX 77056
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/houston-westside

 

Hurricane Harvey: Weather as Usual or a Portent of Climate Change?

 

Kerry Emanuel
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

biography at https://eapsweb.mit.edu/people/kokey

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:00pm Social/Networking
6:45pm Dinner
7:30pm Presentation / Q&A

Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
13210 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079

 

We are pleased to announce that MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel, an internationally-recognized climate scientist, will speak to the MIT Alumni Club and MIT Enterprise Forum on Hurricane Harvey in the context of the broader issue of global climate change, reviewing the scientific evidence and discussing the associated risks. 

In the late summer of 2017, Hurricane Harvey inundated Harris County with an average of 840 mm (33 inches) of rain, causing widespread flooding, much suffering, and more than $125 billion in damage. Examination of the long-term history of hurricane rains in Houston as well as physical modeling suggest that, by the standards of the 20th century, rainfall of Harvey’s magnitude in Harris County had an annual probability of about 0.05% (one in two thousand). A pressing question for Houston and for Texas is whether this probability is increasing over time; the answer to this question will inform policies relating to land development, flood control, insurance, and many other sectors.

In this talk, I will set Hurricane Harvey in the context of the broader issue of global climate change, reviewing the scientific evidence and discussing the associated risks. I will then turn to the important problems of risk assessment and risk modeling, showing that, independent of climate change, there is a pressing need to bring physics to bear on the modeling of natural hazard risk, to supplement and enhance the current strictly actuarial approach used by industry and government. I will then describe the physics-based approach to quantifying hurricane risk that we continue to develop at MIT and show applications to hurricane risk in Houston and in Texas in general, and if time permits, to the MIT campus.

MITEF Members and Guests of MITEF Members   $65  

RSVP before 11:59pm CDT Thursday April 26,  2018 -- There are a limited number of tickets available

To register, please go to this weblink:

http://www.mithouston.org/2018-May-Weather

 

 

Event Contact: Sara Wilkins (sara@amchouston.com)
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808