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IIHR Co-sponsors Extreme Weather Symposium

Posted on December 9th, 2013

AgErosionIowans are becoming accustomed to wild changes in the weather that swing from one extreme to the other. In 2013, for example, spring floods were followed by a severe drought in the same season. These extreme fluctuations cost Iowans money and are detrimental to farms, businesses, government, and people.

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, with support from co-sponsor IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering as well as the Iowa Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), sponsored a symposium on Dec. 11 in Des Moines to address the challenges and costs of adapting to extreme weather fluctuations in Iowa. The objectives of the symposium were to:

  • Better understand the current and future challenges facing Iowa due to the extreme weather.
  • Identify some of the leading challenges to key sectors of Iowa’s economy affected by extreme weather, the costs of these impacts and how these sectors are mitigating and adapting to change.
  • Facilitate productive discussions among government and business leaders, policy makers and citizens about strategies for mitigating and adapting to extreme weather.
  • Generate policy options for adapting to weather extremes in Iowa

State government leaders whose constituents have been economically affected by extreme weather patterns provided keynote presentations, including:

  • Bruce Rastetter, President, Board of Regents, State of Iowa
  • Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture, State of Iowa
  • Chuck Gipp, Director, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Paul Trombino III, Director, Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Mark Schouten, Director, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Nick Gerhart, Insurance Commissioner, State of Iowa

Co-sponsors of the event include: University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), IIHR, University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University, and the Iowa Water Center.

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