The Impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. Mainland

This webinar will focus on how Harvey and Irma affected the U.S. mainland. AIR experts will be answering questions such as:
  • What caused the unprecedented flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey?
  • What role did the built environments in Texas and Florida play in amplifying or mitigating losses, respectively?
  • To what degree could losses have been amplified if these hurricanes had taken slightly different paths?


Eric Uhlhorn, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist
Dr. Eric Uhlhorn joined AIR in 2015 as a Principal Scientist in our Research Department. Eric most recently worked as a Meteorologist for NOAA/AOML/Hurricane Research Division. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Research Associate III for the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies for the University of Miami and a Systems Analyst for Booz-Allen and Hamilton. Eric earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Florida State University, his Master of Science Degree in Physical Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.

Karthik Ramanathan, Ph.D.
Senior Engineer Research
Dr. Karthik Ramanathan is a Senior Engineer in AIR's Research and Modeling group, working primarily on the wind and storm surge vulnerability of civil engineering systems. He has been involved in developing and updating the wind and storm surge components of the AIR US hurricane model. He has participated in AIR's post-disaster damage surveys, including one in 2012 for Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. He holds a Master's degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master's degree in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a special focus in earthquake engineering.

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