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Water Quality — Everyone’s Responsibility?

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Farmer Brian Scott turns to look over his shoulder at the 60-foot wide, 24-row corn planter as it rolls through the field. Soon, however, Scott’s eyes settle back on a computer screen in the tractor cab. The screen shows a digital map of the route he set up for the tractor to follow through the […]

IIHR Assistant Research Scientist Chris Wilson (left) and graduate student Ben Abban are part of a team conducting field studies of soil carbon under different land uses.

Researchers Study Human Impact on Land

Posted on March 10th, 2014

How have more than 100 years of agriculture have affected the Midwestern landscape? IIHR researchers are part of a $4.9 million grant to study changes to the “critical zone,” from the treetops to the bedrock.

Biomass Fuels Program Pays Off for Flood Mitigation

Posted on July 5th, 2013

IIHR’s Nate Young has been a part of the UI Biomass Partnership Project, which contributes to flood mitigation as well as sustainability.

The Intelligent Digital Watershed

Posted on March 6th, 2012

People make decisions based on information at hand. Armed with better information, would Iowans make better land-use choices affecting water quality? That is the hope of the IIHR researchers who are developing the “Intelligent Digital Watershed” (IDW), but the verdict is still out, says IIHR Research Engineer Jerry Schnoor, the project’s principal investigator. Schnoor, who […]

Midwest Runoff and Hypoxia in the Gulf

Posted on April 5th, 2011

Recent research is studying how farm runoff may play a role in the Gulf of Mexico’s “Dead Zone.” “Agricultural Nutrient Flux: Exporting Iowa’s Fertility, Cash, and Productive Future” Researchers: Aaron L Gwinnup, Craig Just, Nancy Rabalais, Eugene Turner, and Jerald Schnoor The five major watersheds in Iowa cover two thirds of the state. During the […]

Watershed Processes

Posted on April 4th, 2011

Visit the Iowa Watershed Approach website! IIHR researchers are studying various aspects of sediment transport and deposition processes to resolve critical engineering challenges. A thorough understanding of sediment transport is key to improving Iowa’s water and soil quality. Soil erosion in the agricultural Midwest not only decreases the value and productivity of farmland, but also […]

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