• A 3-D Method for Gauging Flood Impact

    According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, flooding causes more damage than any other severe weather-related event, an average of $5 billion per year in the U.S. It kills more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning, and it occurs in every U.S. state and territory. It’s a threat experienced worldwide, anywhere that receives rain.

    A flood event in Iowa back in 2008 cost $10 billion in damages to the state, prompting the establishment of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, the first center in the country for advanced flood-related research and education.

    Simplified 2-D models are the current state-of-the-art for predicting flood wave propagation, but an IFC team led by UI professor George Constantinescu is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models to more accurately simulate how floods spread across land. These 3-D models can also be used to assess and improve the predictive capabilities of the 2-D models already in use.

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    Rail car storage is a perennial issue for rail companies, and the dilemma is significant for both the rail companies—financially and regarding public relations—and environmental groups who worry about the effects of stored tankers and other cars on wildlife and tourism.
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