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International Flash Flood Laboratory Workshop

Dr. Pamela S. Showalter
Director, James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental
  Geography and Hazards Research
Co-Director, International Flash Flood Laboratory

The International Flash Flood Laboratory (IFFL) Inaugural Workshop will take place Monday, October 19, 2009 in the Reed Brantley Parr Room located on the top floor of the J.C. Kellam Building (
on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos.

Sponsored by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research (, the Workshop will determine what activities the Laboratory should initially undertake to effectively serve the mission of reducing flash flood casualties and associated damage.

Annually, the James and Marilyn Lovell Center hosts a Lovell Distinguished Lecture. This year, in honor of the IFFL’s inception, the Distinguished Lecture is serving as the keynote address used to launch the Workshop’s activities. The lecture will be delivered on the morning of October 19 by Dr. Eve Gruntfest, a widely published and internationally recognized expert in warning systems, flash floods, and the challenge of integrating the social and atmospheric sciences.

Registered participants from all walks of life are invited to help determine how the IFFL will evolve to achieve the common goal of reducing flash flood fatalities and property losses, not only in Texas’ notorious “Flash Flood Alley” but around the world.

The IFFL Workshop is receiving additional support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Geography, the Texas Center for Geographic Information Science, the River Systems Institute, Sutron Corporation (stream gauging, weather monitoring, and flood warning systems), High Sierra Electronics, Inc. (hydrological monitoring systems and meteorological instruments), Halff Associates, Inc. (flood modeling, storm water and floodplain management) and others. If your company or agency wishes to become a Workshop supporter, please contact Pam Showalter directly at: [email protected], or (512) 245-7980.

For more information, and to register for the Workshop, please visit:

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