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Galloway Weighs in on Climate-Related Risks to Mississippi River

Galloway Weighs in on Climate-Related Risks to Mississippi River

Research Prof. Gerry Galloway
Research Prof. Gerry Galloway

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Research Professor and retired Army Brigadier General Gerry Galloway contributed to a Jan. 12 Yale Climate Connections podcast on climate-related risks to the Mississippi River.

As noted in the report, a major disruption of the Mississippi River could spell severe repercussions for U.S. economic and national security interests. As one of the country's major shipping routes, the Mississippi River allows efficient transport of a wide variety of goods, including wheat and corn, coal and petroleum, and chemicals, according to the Climate Connection report.

"If we were to see a shutdown in the river, the Mississippi and its tributaries, it would obviously have a tremendous economic effect," Galloway said in the podcast. 

Listen to the Yale Climate Connections podcast online

Galloway is an associate of the University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience. The Center serves to assist individuals, communities and governments in understanding and reducing the catastrophic effects of natural hazards, especially coastal and riverine flood hazards.

Comprised of a team of risk and resilience experts and their partners in government, private practice and academia, CDR provides risk assessment, risk communication and risk reduction capabilities to help decision-makers in building community resilience.

For more information, visit the Center for Disaster Resilience website

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January 14, 2015


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