From our office, a real-time glimpse at adaptation to Iowa’s changing weather


Over the past few days, we’ve gotten a live-action look at climate change adaptation from the comfort of our offices. As some of us gaze out the windows of Iowa Advanced Technology Labs on the UI campus, we can see a crew working hard to build a flood wall along the Iowa River.

As Iowa sees more extreme weather, including heavy rains, we know that the river will spill its banks again.

Joe Bolkcom, CGRER’s Outreach and Community Education Director, took a few shots from inside and outside of his office. The pictures are especially poignant today, as UI officials are expected to announce a new cost estimate from the 2008 floods that will exceed $743 million.

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And speaking of climate change, check out this great interactive feature from the New York Times: As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas.