Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Two UNO Professors to Be Featured in Science Channel's 'Strip the City 2'

Two University of New Orleans professors will be featured in an episode of the Science Channel program "Strip the City 2," which will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Creators of the show, now in its second season, say that it peels back the layers of major cities to unveil the hidden technology that protects humans from the onslaught of nature's most terrifying threats.

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See UNO researchers Ioannis Georgiou and Mark Kulp appear on "Strip the City 2 - New Orleans: The Hurricane City." The show airs at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 on the Science Channel.

Ioannis Georgiou and Mark Kulp, faculty members in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will appear in the episode entitled "New Orleans: Hurricane City." In October, the two professors gave a crew from the United Kingdom-based Windfall Films a boat tour of some Louisiana coastal areas and educated the visitors about issues like coastal subsidence and storm surge.

According to the Science Channel's website, "Strip the City" uses stunning CGI animation to undress each city—shedding concrete, brick, glass and stone—to reveal science's best defense against the elements. The current season of "Strip the City" focuses on eight major cities: New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Venice, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, and Machu Picchu.

"'Strip The City' introduces us to the hidden worlds that lay beneath our feet and inspire incredible curiosity," said Debbie Adler Myers, executive vice president and general manager of Science Channel. "These are worlds of unprecedented wonder, complexity and turbulence. The science behind keeping them running is simply mind blowing."

This is how the Science Channel describes the New Orleans episode: "Built along the banks of the mighty Mississippi this vibrant city of culture and jazz is completely surrounded by water. Losing land fast to the Gulf of Mexico, sitting on unstable silty mud, it is also directly in the firing line of hurricanes every year. How do the city's buildings and infrastructure survive the onslaught of these deadly forces? This film takes apart a hurricane, looks beneath the city's great Superdome to see how it can survive 1,000 m.p.h. winds, we reveal how its skyscrapers stop themselves sinking and how there is now a plan to build the biggest network of pump stations in the world, which will prevent the city flooding, however big the hurricane."


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