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By Travis Gumphrey

AN INTERNATIONAL research consortium led by a Texas A&M-Galveston marine-science professor has won a $3.6m grant to study coastal flood control.
The team, led by Sam Brody, who is also director of Center For Texas Beaches And Shores, will use the money to research and assess flood risk and mitigation techniques in both Galveston and the Netherlands.

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Brody, above, said that, although the study is not directly focused on any one proposal, such as TAMUG professor William Merrell’s proposed Ike Dike, it is built on existing projects proposed for Galveston Bay.
He said: “How do we most effectively reduce the risk of flooding? It’s not politically charged, it’s not project based; it’s much broader than that. The project is aimed at a much broader level than what’s been done in the past.”
He said that, each year for five years, the grant money, from Partnerships For International Research And Education, will allow 14 students, undergraduate or graduate, will travel to the Netherlands for seven to 10 days.
“The goal is twofold,” Brody said. “To look at applying Dutch principles here and to facilitate educational experiences for our students.”
He added: “Delft is at the harbor of the Netherlands. They are at the cutting edge of flood risk reduction. It’s a privilege to have them as partners.”
There will be three research sites in Galveston, with three corresponding sites in the Netherlands.
“Galveston will be a test bed for influencing national policy,” Brody said. “It’s a great opportunity to look comprehensively at these issues in Galveston and to push them into the national and international spotlight.”

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