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
I invite prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students interested in natural hazards and vulnerability modeling to apply for a graduate research assistantship. The research is for a National Science Foundation grant investigating ways to improve the reliability and usefulness of social vulnerability indicators. Students with a background or interest in geospatial modeling, natural hazards, and/or demographic analysis are particularly well suited for this research. If this sounds like a project you'd like work on, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the position and the geography program at Iowa.
- Water Resources (044:111): tools and concepts underlying the management of freshwater resources.
- Hazards and Society (044:175): how societies plan for, experience, and respond to natural and technological hazards
- Environmental Justice (044:177): relationships between environmental hazards & amenities, and marginalized groups & communities, in both domestic and international settings
- Transnational Disasters and Global Health (044:286, Fall 2013): graduate seminar examining how the causes and effects of disasters triggered by natural, biological, and technological events transcend borders
- Sustainability Indicators (044:297, 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.
- 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. 2012-2014. 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).
- 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).
- National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship. 2008-2011. "An Integrated Approach to Hazards Vulnerability Assessment." $121,500.
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.