In an elaborate opinion article, journalist Roy Scranton points out the gravity of the hurricanes that are yet to visit the Houston and Galveston area, where the largest petrochemical industries of the USA are based. The fight to protect this region from heavy weather has been going on since the Great Storm of 1900. With the eye on climate change and accompanying weather conditions ahead, it becomes more and more clear that this is a fight that simply cannot be lost.
In order to prevent such disasters from happening, two research teams from Texas A&M Galveston and the Sspeed Center at Rice University, in cooperation with various other research partners, amongst which Defacto, have been developing the so-called ‘Ike Dike’ storm surge. Defacto has been one of the endeavour’s research partners since 2014.