Resiliency: 15 Years After Hurricane Katrina

March 10, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The 173 Carlyle House
173 South Peachtree Street
Norcross, GA 30071
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Join SAME Atlanta Post on March 10 for "Resiliency: 15 Years After Hurricane Katrina" program. Walk-in rate apply on March 6, so don't wait! 

We will hear from speaker, Dr. Hermann Fritz, professor of civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Fritz is an expert on tsunamis and coastal hazards, such as hurricane storm surges, landslides and submarine volcanic eruptions, as well as their mitigation and coastal protection. Dr. Fritz has led or participated in more than a dozen post-disaster reconnaissance campaigns encompassing tsunami, hurricane, landslide, and earthquake events.

Hurricane Katrina (23-30 August 2005) was one of the costliest and deadliest to ever strike the United States impacting low-lying coastal plains particularly vulnerable to storm surge flooding. Maximum storm surges, overland flow depths, and inundation distances were measured along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The vehicle based survey was complemented by inspections with the reconnaissance boat along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Barrier Islands. The survey covered both the impact on the built and the natural environment. The storm surge peaked to the East of Katrina’s path exceeding 10 meters in several locations along the Mississippi coastline. The storm surge measurements show that the lower floors of specially designed buildings were damaged by the surge of seawater and associated wave action, while the upper floors sustained minimal wind damage.  The storm surge measurements along New Orleans Lakeshore allowed the investigators to exclude overtopping as failure mechanism for the 17th Street outfall canal levee. Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge distribution (Cat. 3 at landfall) is compared against Hurricane Camille’s storm surge distribution (Cat. 5 at landfall). The land loss on the barrier islands and the increased vulnerability of the US Gulf Coast to future hurricane storm surges are discussed along with reconstruction efforts.

Dr. Fritz's research centers on fluid dynamic aspects of natural hazards such as tsunamis, hurricane storm surges, earthquakes and landslides as well as their mitigation and coastal protection...including the 2011 Japan Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina from 2005 and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.  Dr. Fritz obtained his Doctorate degree (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) in 2002 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland).

**Walk-in price of $50 is applied on 3/6


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