Eric Tate

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Associate Professor
PhD, University of South Carolina
302 Jessup Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment.
Curriculum Vitae: 

I study connections among natural hazards and society via risk and social vulnerability modeling. Although 'natural' disasters result from complex interactions among physical and social processes, far too much research and practices treats these drivers independently.  More hazards research, disaster management, and public policy should adopt an interactive perspective.  My primary scholarly interests fall into three main areas:

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

At UI, I'm a faculty affiliate with IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering and the Center for Global and Environmental Research.

  • Contemporary Environmental Issues (GEOG 1070):  explores the leading global environmental challenges of our time, 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, in domestic and international settings.
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* Denotes a UI geography student

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.

Tate, E., C. Muñoz*, and J. Suchan* (2014).  "Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis of the HAZUS-MH Flood Model." Natural Hazards Review, 16(3):  04014030.

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.

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