The GLO has conducted a number of large scale studies in disaster impacted areas to assist communities in their planning efforts.
These studies have largely covered infrastructure needs, including the Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study and the Storm Surge Suppression Study. These studies along with additional studies conducted by the GLO’s Coastal Protection Division have provided a realistic approach to recovery that will mitigate damages from future disasters.
Harvey-Related Planning Initiatives:
In 2017, the GLO began an initiative to partner with Texas public universities to conduct various regional studies looking back at prior disasters as well as looking forward at how to better prepare for future disasters. Through this partnership, the GLO is able to work with subject matter experts from across the state to provide communities with the best possible resources in data analytics, storm modeling and resiliency planning. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, the GLO will be able to expand its work with universities to provide further innovation to the recovery process. To learn more please visit http://texasrebuilds.org/Pages/Planning.aspx.
GLO Planning Studies Include:
- Harvey-Related Planning Initiatives - The GLO partnership with State Universities will provide communities with the best possible resources in data analytics, storm modeling and resiliency planning.
- Storm Surge Suppression Study - The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) investigates the options to reduce the vulnerability from hurricane surge and flood damages in accordance with the standards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Colonia Drainage Study - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is working to develop the necessary drainage planning required to correct flooding problems in the wake of Hurricane Dolly for those in need in Colonias.
- Coastal Resiliency Study - Identifies physical elements including infrastructure and natural resources to determine the effectiveness of past recovery projects along the coast.
- Hurricane Impact Study - Texas A&M Galveston
- Disaster Impact Visualization Study - The University of Texas – Center for Space Research
- Disaster Economic Impact Study - The University of Texas - McCombs School of Business