Landscape Change, Social Inequality, and Urban Flooding in Greater Houston

Dr. Kevin Smiley

Five major natural disasters have occurred in Houston over the past 20 years, and three of these have occurred since 2015. The most recent, Hurricane Harvey, led to more than 100 deaths and an estimated 125 billion dollars in property damage. Even with the regular occurrence of disasters, there is often a gap in which areas are projected to flood during disasters, and which areas actually flood.

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The NCGIA was founded in 1988 as a National Science Foundation center for research in geographic information and its related technologies. The Center is based at three sites in the United States: here at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo), at the University of California at Santa Barbara (NCGIA-UCSB), and at the University of Maine (NCGIA-Maine).

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Earth Day 2019 Celebration

UB’s 2019 celebration of Earth Day, an annual, worldwide event, was held on April 26, 2019.
Faculty, students and alumni enjoyed Earth Day activities sponsored by the Department of Geography, NCGIA-UB, and the Geography Graduate Student Associations (GGSA).
Events included student poster presentations, alumni panel on interview practice, and Earth Day happy hour.

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