Dr. Hal Needham is a climate data and natural hazards scientist with 15+ years experience conducting data-driven risk analysis for disaster-prone communities. He utilizes cutting-edge statistical methodologies and data development to improve frequency analysis of low-frequency/ high-magnitude natural disasters. He has innovated geospatial mapping techniques to improve disaster impact maps that quantify risks to buildings and infrastructure. He directs the U-Surge Project, which provides the first coastal flood climatology for communities from Texas to Maine. Dr. Needham resides in Galveston, Texas, site of the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. He has obtained a B.S. from Penn State University and M.S. and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University.