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The Human Costs of Flooding

Posted on November 12th, 2013

Putting the human cost of floods, rather than economic loss, front and center Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, with damages totaling more than $70 billion. It was also one of the deadliest, taking the lives of nearly 2,000 people. It was the hurricane’s human impact that started Eric Tate on his […]

Four members of the sustainability cluster in front of the Old Capitol Building.

Eric Tate: Studying the Human Costs of Flooding

Posted on June 6th, 2012

IIHR is proud to welcome four new faculty affiliates, who are all part of the University of Iowa’s new interdisciplinary faculty cluster focusing on water sustainability. Eric Tate from the Department of Geography (second from left) brings a new focus to the way we look at floods. (Photo by Kaptain Kobold)

The Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project

Posted on February 28th, 2012

Accurate scientific information will be one of Iowa’s best defenses against future floods, says IIHR Associate Research Engineer Nathan Young. He is leading an effort to update floodplain maps for 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Young, who is also associate director of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), says that the new floodplain maps provide a […]

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