Map showing drought conditions in the western United States in 2020

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
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Teaching How to Teach Climate Science

A recent University of Iowa STEM workshop, “Hot Topic: Climate & Iowa,” brought together teachers from across the state to address issues related to teaching about climate change.
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Studying Arsenic in Cerro Gordo County Groundwater

Five years later, a multi-institutional research study determines the source of arsenic in Cerro Gordo County private wells.
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Digging for Adventure

IIHR researcher and University of Iowa alumna Kelli Parsons traveled the country before returning to the UI as a graduate student, where she studies human impact on the land through soil.