My research focus is at the confluence of environmental hazards and society, primarily through the development of geospatial models of flood hazards, vulnerability, and water sustainability. The current organization of hazards research and practice, being largely either physical or social, is artificial. 'Natural' disasters are the result of interactions and feedbacks between the two—hazards research and modeling should fully reflect this dynamic.
My research interests tend to fall into three general areas:
- Development of vulnerability, resilience, and sustainability indicators
- Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis for geospatial models
- Flood hazard mitigation
- Contemporary Environmental Issues (GEOG 1070): explores the leading global environmental challenges of our time, focusing on causes, consequences, and solutions.
- Water Resources (GEOG 2930): tools and concepts underlying the management of freshwater resources.
- Hazards and Society (GEOG 3760): how societies plan for, experience, and respond to natural and technological hazards.
- Environmental Justice (GEOG 4770): relationships between environmental hazards & amenities, and marginalized groups & communities, in both domestic and international settings.
- Sustainability Indicators (GEOG 5070, Fall 2012): graduate seminar focused on sustainability indicators and indices: the underlyling constructs they measure, methods for their construction, approaches for validation, and use in decision-making.
- Transnational Disasters and Global Health (GEOG 6635, Fall 2013): graduate seminar examining how the causes and effects of disasters triggered by natural, biological, and technological events transcend borders.
- The Nature Conservancy (2015). Principal Investigator for “Economic Benefits of Agricultural Practices Flood Loss Estimation for the Middle Cedar River Watershed.” $33,563. With Nathan Young (Co-PI).
- National Science Foundation, WSC-Category 1. 2014-2017. Senior Personnel for "Decision Processes, Climate Change, and Water Resources in the Agricultural Midwest." $599,383. "Collaborative Research" with Adam Ward (PI), Co-PIs Kajsa Dalrymple and Scott Spak, and Senior Personnel Sara Mitchell, Heather Sander, Ananya Sen Gupta, and Aaron Strong.
- NiyamIT (2014-15). Principal Investigator for “Proof of Concept: Linking HAZUS-MH and the NFHL.” $23,497.
- National Science Foundation, IMEE. 2013-2016. Principal Investigator for "Measuring Social Vulnerability - Reducing Uncertainty and Validating Indicators." $166,840. "Collaborative Research" with Chris Emrich (University of South Carolina) and Seth Spielman (University of Colorado).
- National Science Foundation, CNH Exploratory. 2012-2015. Co-Principal Investigator for "Monsoon Harvests: Assessing the Impact of Distributed Storage Tanks on the Vulnerability of Subsistence-Level Agriculture in Tamil Nadu, India." $249,919. With Nandita Basu (PI) and Craig Just (Co-PI).
- National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship. 2008-2011. "An Integrated Approach to Hazards Vulnerability Assessment." $121,500.
- University of Iowa, Water Sustainability Initiative Seed Grant. 2014-15. Co-Principal Investigator for "Water Sustainability: Indicators and Governance." $4,992.00. With Kajsa Dalrymple (Co-PI) and Aaron Strong (Co-PI).
- University of Iowa, Old Gold Fellowship. 2012-2013. "A Sensitivity Analysis of the HAZUS Flood Model." $6,000.
- CGRER (Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research) Seed Grant. 2012. Co-Principal Investigator for "Flood Recovery in Cedar Rapids." $6,417.53. With Aaron Strong (Co-PI).
Tate, E., C. Muñoz, and J. Suchan (2014). "Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis of the HAZUS-MH Flood Model." Natural Hazards Review: 04014030. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000167.
Van Meter, K. J., N. B. Basu, E. Tate, and J. Wyckoff (2014). "Monsoon Harvests: The Living Legacies of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in South India." Environmental Science & Technology, 48(8): 4217−4225.
Tate, E. (2013). "Uncertainty Analysis for a Social Vulnerability Index." Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(3): 526-543.
Tate, E. (2012). "Social vulnerability indices: a comparative assessment using uncertainty and sensitivity analysis." Natural Hazards, 63(2): 325-347.
Tate, E., C.G. Burton, M. Berry, C.T. Emrich, and S.L. Cutter (2011). "Integrated Hazards Mapping Tool." Transactions in GIS, 15(5): 689-706.
Coles, A., G. Eosco, T. Norton, J. Ruiz, E. Tate, and M. Weathers (2011). "Mapping local knowledge of climate change and hazards to inform research, practice, and policy in the Americas." Gestión y Ambiente, 14(2): 45-58.
Solis, P. et al. (2011). Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas: International Interdisciplinary Research Directions and Opportunities. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.
Tate, E., S. L. Cutter, and M. Berry (2010). "Integrated multihazard mapping." Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 37(4): 646–663.
Cutter, S. L., L. Barnes, M. Berry, C. Burton, E. Evans, E. Tate, and J. Webb (2008). "A place-based model for understanding community resilience to natural disasters." Global Environmental Change, 18(4): 598-606.
Cutter, S. L., L. Barnes, M. Berry, C. Burton, E. Evans, E. Tate, and J. Webb, 2008. "Community and regional resilience: Perspectives from hazards, disasters, and emergency management." CARRI Research Report 1. Oak Ridge National Lab: Community and Regional Resilience Initiative.
Scawthorn, C., N. Blais, H. Seligson, E. Tate, E. Mifflin, W. Thomas, J. Murphy, and C. Jones (2006). "HAZUS-MH Flood Loss Estimation Methodology I: Overview and Flood Hazard Characterization." Natural Hazards Review, 7(2): 60-71.
Scawthorn, C., P. Flores, N. Blais, H. Seligson, E. Tate, S. Chang, E. Mifflin, W. Thomas, J. Murphy, C. Jones, and M. Lawrence (2006). "HAZUS-MH Flood Loss Estimation Methodology II. Damage and Loss Assessment." Natural Hazards Review, 7(2): 72-81.
Tate, E., D. Maidment, F. Olivera and D. Anderson (2002). "Creating a Terrain Model for Floodplain Mapping." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 7(2): 100-108.