Extreme Weather in Iowa: A Symposium

October 2, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Iowa Events Center - Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Room 312-314, 730 3rd St., Des Moines, Iowa

Extreme Weather in Iowa: Paths to Equitable Response, Recovery, and Resilience
The goal of the symposium was to bring together constituencies affected by extreme weather events in Iowa and share information regarding prevention, response, monitoring, and long-term recovery.


Topics included:

  • An overview of weather trends in Iowa
  • Panel discussion on extreme heat
  • Equity considerations
  • Panel discussion on flooding
  • Panel discussion among policy-makers


October 2, 2019

Registration and Coffee
Introductory Remarks
Overview of Weather Trends in Iowa
Professor Emeritus Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Department, Iowa State University
Professor Emeritus Agronomy Department, Iowa State University
Heat Panel Discussion
Executive Director Iowa Public Health Association
Deputy Director Johnson County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency
Public Health Planner Polk County Health Department
Executive Director Iowa Community Action Association
Assistant Professor of Geography Florida State University
Lunch and Keynote
Associate Professor University of Iowa Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Flood Panel Discussion
Iowa Flood Center
Assistant Research Engineer IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering
Watershed Planner and GIS Specialist Northeast Iowa RC&D
Grants Project Manager City of Dubuque, IA
Watershed Projects Manager Eastern Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Research Engineer IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering
Afternoon Break
Policymaker Panel Discussion
Opinion Editor The Des Moines Register
Iowa Senator District 33
Senior Attorney Environmental Law & Policy Center
Des Moines City Council
Iowa House of Representatives
Iowa Representative District 42
Chief Operating Officer Office of the Governor, State of Iowa
Wrap Up
The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
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