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Predicting the Extent of Flash Flooding

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Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa's Flood of 2008 are notoriously difficult to predict. So a team of University of Iowa mathematicians and hydrologists collaborating with the Iowa Flood Center set out to gain a better understanding of flood genesis and the factors impacting it. They were able to do this by zeroing in on the impacts of certain rainfall patterns at the smallest unit of a river basin: the hillslope scale.

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Study Finds Midwest Flooding More Frequent

The U.S. Midwest and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent flood episodes over the past half-century, according to a study from the University of Iowa.

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New Methods to Calculate Risk of Floods

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk.

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Researchers Find Changes in Agriculture Increase High River Flow Rates

University of Iowa researchers examined how changes in rainfall amounts and an increase in the amount of acreage used to grow such crops as corn and soybeans can affect the volume of river water flow in the U.S. Midwest.

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Gear Up for Flood Risk

Flooding could be severe this spring. Emergency physician and disaster preparedness expert Dr. Sarah Nafziger says be ready.

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LA's Vulnerability to Future Sea Level Rise Projected

Los Angeles, a metropolis perched on the edge of a coast, can expect to experience sea level rise of as much as two feet due by 2050 due to climate change, according to current projections.

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UI Researchers Evaluate Best Weather Forecasting Models

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Two University of Iowa researchers recently tested the ability of the world’s most advanced weather forecasting models to predict the Sept. 9-16, 2013 extreme rainfall that caused severe flooding in Boulder, Colo.

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Quality and Quantity Experts Encourage Public Awareness for World Water Monitor Day (Sept.18)

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Villanova Engineering Professor Can Discuss the Floods in Colorado, and the Importance of Storm Water Management and Flood Controls