Weber to Speak September 23 at Cafe Scientifique

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Floodplain Mapping 101" is the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, September 23, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. 

Larry J. Weber, Edwin B. Green chair in Hydraulics and professor of civil and environmental engineering will talk about the technical and non-technical elements of the state-wide flooplain mapping program, including discussin of map creation, FEMA review and public certification.  Additionally, the institutional relationships between federal agencies, state agencies and the Iowa Flood Center will be presented.  Parties interested in the State's floodplain mapping program are encourged to attend.

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A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Interational Association for Hydraulic Research, and the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Weber also serves as a science panel member of the Upper Mississippi River Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program.  He was also appointed a member of Iowa Gov. Chet Culver's Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Task Force in the aftermath of the major 2008 Midwest U.S. floods.

The talk is presented by Cafe Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held monthly.  Cafe Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathmetics, medicine and technology.  The web site for Cafe Scientifique is located at:www.physics.uiowa.edu/cafe/.