Nine projects for post-Hurricane Harvey research have been awarded funding by the Rice Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort (HERE). The projects are aimed at making the city of Houston and surrounding areas stronger and more sustainable following the devastation caused by the storm’s record rainfall.
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“When Hurricane Harvey dumped its historic rains on Houston, many at Rice volunteered immediately to help those affected and provide advice,” President David Leebron said. “We also recognized the necessity of using Rice’s research capacity both to understand better the effects of Harvey and how we can best respond—now and in the future. This initiative is part of that response. We appreciate that our faculty and staff have volunteered to continue pursuing this effort with the support of university grants to cover expenses.”
“Rice HERE leverages the university’s expertise broadly to serve Houston with new and innovative approaches to address issues of pressing local importance,” Provost Marie Lynn Miranda said. “We are partnering with the city to ensure a strong response to what has already happened and to better position the city, including its social and physical infrastructure, for the future.”
Following the completion of the projects, all data will be available via Rice’s Urban Data Platform (UDP), created to support a deeper understanding of Houston’s people, government and built environment. The UDP is housed within Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and is a computing environment and secure data repository of research-ready geocoded data for the Houston metropolitan area that aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary research and community investigations.
The winning projects received grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 and were chosen from 27 proposals submitted by researchers from across the university. A committee appointed by the president and provost selected the awardees on the basis of the quality, significance and potential impact of the project, the …