Eric Tate

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Associate Professor
Education: 
PhD, University of South Carolina
Office: 
302 Jessup Hall
Phone: 
319-335-0259
Office Hours: 
By appointment.
Curriculum Vitae: 

I study connections between natural hazards and society, primarily through modeling of social vulnerability and risk. I have particular interest in vulnerability to floods, and my scholarly work falls into three main areas:

  1. Assessing social equity in disaster mitigation and recovery spending
  2. Validating indicators of vulnerability and risk.
  3. Analyzing uncertainty and sensitivity of geospatial models

I currently serve on the Climate Action Commission for Iowa City, the advisory board for the Anthropocene Alliance, and the Resilient America Roundtable. At UIowa, I'm a faculty affiliate with IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering, the Center for Global and Environmental Research, and the Public Policy Center.

Courses: 
  • Contemporary Environmental Issues (GEOG 1070):  profiles the leading environmental challenges of today, focusing on causes, consequences, and solutions
  • Water Resources (GEOG 2930):  processes and practices 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
Grants & Funding: 
Selected Publications: 

* Denotes a UI geography student

Antolini, F.*, E. Tate, B. Dalzell, N. Young, K. Johnson, and P. Hawthorne (2019). "Flood Risk Reduction from Agricultural Best Management Practices." Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Emrich, C., E. Tate, S. Larson, and Y. Zhou (2019). "Measuring Social Equity in Flood Recovery Funding." Environmental Hazards.

E. Tate (2019). "Déjà Vu All Over Again: Trends in Flood Drivers Point to Continuing Vulnerability." Environment, 61(5): 50-56. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2019.1637688

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2019). Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

Rufat, S., E. Tate, C. Emrich, and F. Antolini* (2019). "How Valid are Social Vulnerability Models?" Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(4), 1131-1153. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1535887

Tate, E., Decker, V. and Just, C. (2018). "Evaluating Collaborative Readiness for Interdisciplinary Flood Research." Risk Analysis. DOI: 10.1111/risa.13249

Burton, C., S. Rufat, and E. Tate (2018). "Social Vulnerability." In Vulnerability and Resilience to Natural Hazards, eds. S. Fuchs and T. Thaler, 53-81. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bitterman, P.*, E. Tate, K.J. Van Meter, and N. Basu (2016). "Water security and rainwater harvesting: A conceptual framework and candidate indicators." Applied Geography, 76:  75-84.

Carrel, M., S.G. Young*, and E. Tate (2016). "Pigs in Space: Determining the Environmental Justice Landscape of Swine Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Iowa." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9):  849.

Muñoz, C.* and E. Tate (2016). "Unequal Recovery? Federal Resource Distribution after a Midwest Flood Disaster." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(5):  507.

Tate, E., A. Strong, T. Kraus, and H. Xiong* (2016). "Flood Recovery and Property Acquisition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa." Natural Hazards, 80(3):  2055-2079.

Rufat, S., Tate, E., C.G. Burton, and A.S. Maroof* (2015). "Social vulnerability to floods: Review of case studies and implications for measurement." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 14(4):  470-486.

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