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  • IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

    For more than a century,
    leading the world in hydroscience research and education

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IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering is an internationally-renowned laboratory where researchers are solving some of our world’s greatest fluids-related challenges.

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New research led by IIHR Director Gabriele Villarini, working in cooperation with partners at the Water Institute of the Gulf and elsewhere, has developed a probabilistic rainfall generator to provide crucial precipitation data for more accurate modeling of tropical cyclones in coastal states on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

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Cephalopods such as an octopus or squid move knows that they are amazing creatures. IIHR’s Caterina Lamuta has found new ways to mimic cephalopod tentacles in the lab to develop new self-morphing, stretchable soft skins (S⁴) for use in underwater vehicles and robots.

More to Explore

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The Iowa Flood Center is helping build a more flood-resilient Iowa with science-based information and research.

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This watershed infographic illustrates the breadth and depth of IIHR’s work, which spans the entire hydrologic cycle, from precipitation to groundwater and everything in between. Check out an interactive version!

A man and a woman in hard hats work with the IGS drill rig.

The Iowa Geological Survey provides important geologic information on the state’s resources, environmental protection, and economic development.

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The Iowa Superfund Research Program (ISRP) is a global leader in the study of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which have dangerous effects on human health.

Water pours out of an agricultural tile into Clear Creek

The Iowa Water Quality Information System (IWQIS) allows access to real-time water-quality data and information.

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IIHR serves clients with practical experience and in-house modeling expertise (physical and computational), as well as field data collection.

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