"This collection of essays summarizes the science and impacts of hurricanes impinging on the Texas Coast. The book is thoughtful, accessible, and potentially useful to the policy maker and the public alike. It is beautifully and provocatively illustrated with numerous color photographs and diagrams. The collection is up to date including the most recent deadly storms to affect Texas."--Gerald North, University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography, Texas A&M University
(Gerald R. North Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography at TAMU
"Three storms from the first decade of the new millennium, Allison, Rita, and Ike, exposed vulnerabilities to the highly developed upper Texas Gulf Coast from the impacts of tropical cyclones. Lessons from Hurricane Ike provides an excellent overview of the scientific, societal, and economic challenges facing our area as a result of Ike. This book should be read by anyone in an official capacity who desires a deeper understanding of the complexities of developing in the hurricane impact zone. Particular attention should be paid to Chapter 12, Steps to the Future, which I found very insightful in addressing the daunting task before the next 'Big One' impacts the Texas Gulf Coast."-- Bill Read, director, National Hurricane Center
(Bill Read Director, National Hurricane Center
"Lessons from Hurricane Ike is different in that it really offers lessons, not just sensational photographs of wreckage and stories of heroism and tragedy, the usual gist of hurricane books."--statesman.com
About the Author
Philip Bedient is Herman Brown Professor of Engineering at Rice University, where he also directs the SSPEED Center, a multi-university–based research and education institute. Specializing in surface and groundwater hydrology and flood prediction systems, he has written more than 180 articles and is co-author of two textbooks (on hydrology and floodplain analysis and on groundwater contamination). He received his PhD in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida.