Summarizing Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Impacts

Authors: William Bass*, Houston Advanced Research Center
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Flooding, Environmental, Hazards, Energy, Resilience, Water Quality, Air Quality, Houston
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon B1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall and flooding to Houston. A region that receives an average rainfall of 45 inches per year, received more than 50 inches of rainfall in less than one week in some areas. The resulting flooding led to regional devastation, destruction of homes and businesses, and impacted the livelihoods of residents in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The storm also had numerous environmental impacts. In the weeks following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, multiple data points related to air quality, water quality, health and safety, and power generation were collected, analyzed, and communicated using an interactive story map entitled, "Summarizing Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Impacts”. This interactive story map summarized the environmental impacts in a narrative format for layperson and expert alike. It also served as a portal for downloading environmental data to better understand the impacts on the Houston-Galveston region, and is part of the on-going recovery and resiliency planning efforts to deliver quality authoritative data to those involved in recovery and resiliency planning efforts. The story map, analysis results, and data can be viewed at

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