"Iowa's Flood Future" -- College of Engineering Webinar Series: On Climate, Extreme Weather and Impacts on Infrastructure and Society

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The College of Engineering in partnership with CGRER and the
CASE colloquium series presents a series of 4 webinars by
world-renowned scientists who will explain the latest scientific
findings, discuss measures to mitigate the impacts of climate
change, adaptation to the effects on extreme weather, and natural
systems, and ideas on engineering infrastructure for resilience in
the face of change.

The third webinar in the series will be presented by Dr. Gabriele
Villarini, Director of IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, and a
leading climate scientist with expertise in hyrdrometeorology,
extreme events, water resources, hurricanes, and climate
predictions and projections. The topic for this third webinar is an
important aspect of climate change that is related to precipitation
patterns and flooding, and has immediate relevance to the state of
Iowa. The title of the talk is: “Iowa’s Flood Future”

During a 30-year period from 1989-2019, property and crop losses from flooding
in Iowa cost nearly $20 billion. The Fourth National Climate Assessment predicts
the annual cost of addressing flood-related climate change impacts on urban
stormwater systems will exceed $500 million annually for the Midwest by the
end of the century. Climate warming will continue to intensify extreme events,
including heavy rainfall and flooding.

This presentation will provide an overview of the IPCC AR6 report from the
perspective of flooding; it will also highlight ongoing efforts to understand the
major drivers responsible for the observed increases in the frequency of flood
events across the Midwest and discuss the projected changes based on
state-of-the-art climate models.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Foster Hartley in advance at 319-467-0128 or erin-foster@uiowa.edu.