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MCEER Team Presents Impacts of Hurricane Katrina
at UB Seminar

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2 bridges with collapsed parts in the water

In the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina, several teams from MCEER visited the stricken area to collect perishable data on structural damage to bridges, buildings and other infrastructure, investigate the performance of the area’s hospitals, examine public health and environmental issues, and conduct surveys of large affected areas using state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies.

On November 2, 2005, the team shared their findings via a webcast seminar entitled “Examining Extreme Events: Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Critical Infrastructure, Societal Systems, Public Health and Environment: A First-hand View from Satellite and Field Investigations.” The event was held at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. Highlights of the presentations included:

Seminar materials and are the archived webcast are available online.

The team members are preparing full length reports based on their observations and the data they collected. The new series, “Engineering and Organizational Issues Before, During, and After Hurricane Katrina” will include at least four titles. The reports will be available starting this spring.

MCEER Team Members

Structural Damage: Gilberto Mosqueda (Team Leader), Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, Keith Porter, California Institute of Technology, Jerome O'Connor, MCEER, and Paul McAnany, bridge consultant

Remote Sensing: Shubharoop Ghosh, ImageCat Inc., J. Arn Womble, Wind Engineering Research (WISE) Center at Texas Tech University and Carol Hill, Louisiana State University

Emergency Response: Daniel Hess, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo and Lucy Arendt, School of Business, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay

Health and Environmental Issues: James Jensen, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Pavani Ram, Social and Preventative Medicine, University at Buffalo

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Spring 2006

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