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.
Fred Stern poses at the wave basin.

Stern Receives SNAME’s Taylor Medal

IIHR’s Fred Stern has been selected to receive the 2018 David W. Taylor Medal for Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
IIHR grad student Nancy Barth in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Barth Takes D.C. by Storm

IIHR graduate student Nancy Barth recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to present her doctoral research on Capitol Hill.
Two government officers guide an inflatable boat through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey.

IIHR Research Links Urban Sprawl and Flooding

Researchers from IIHR at the University of Iowa and Princeton University found that Houston's urban density contributed to the storm’s intense flooding. The study is published in the journal Nature.
IGS researcher Phillip Kerr points to a map as they prepare to operate a drill rig to extract a soil core for the IWA project.

IGS Maps Support Flood Management

The Iowa Geological Survey uses a sophisticated drill rig to gather information for geologic mapping that benefits landowners, farmers, private industry, land use planners, and urban and rural community members.
Group photo of the Maas family at the Iowa State Fair

Maas Farms Win Environmental Award

Maas Farms near South Amana, operated by Stewart and Jared Maas, received the 2018 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award, presented at the Iowa State Fair.
Student participants in the Secondary Student Training Program

Summer Research Adventures

What did you do on your summer vacation? The high school students who participated in the Belin-Blank Center’s Secondary Student Training Program will have quite a story to tell about their summer adventure in Iowa City.
Pumping Station 15 in Madison, Wis.,

IIHR Wins Sustainable Infrastructure Award

IIHR researchers were recently part of a team that earned the first Envision Gold Award for sustainable infrastructure in Wisconsin.
A field tile dumps into Clear Creek in Iowa.

IIHR Among Recipients of $1M Water-Quality Grant

Researchers will gather water quality information from Upper Mississippi River basin states.
The Tigerhawk on the wave basin’s floor is the world’s largest.

Iowa Leads the World in Ship Hydrodynamics

Groundbreaking technology puts the University of Iowa at the forefront of ship-design research worldwide.
State Geologist Keith Schilling

Schilling Named State Geologist of Iowa

Iowa has a new state geologist — Keith Schilling of the Iowa Geological Survey.
Five-story red brick building, Stanley Hydraulics Lab, set on the banks of the Iowa River in Iowa City.

Iowa Dives Into the Future of Water Research

Building on decades of hydroscience research, IIHR at the University of Iowa enters a new era of activity aimed at solving Earth’s biggest environmental issues.
Nate Young and a student work on Bathymetry on a boat

Fishing for Fords

The IFC's Nate Young and Dan Gilles recently located a submerged car using bathymetry, the measurement and mapping of underwater topography.
A big group of people poses with an impressive pile of trash.

Cleaning Up IIHR’s Backyard, the Iowa River

Almost 100 participants turned out for the Earth Day Weekend River Clean-Up along the Iowa River in Iowa City.
A close-up photo of the hydrologic instruments deployed on a tripod.

Hydro Stations Provide Weather Data Farmers Need

The Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa is deploying new hydrologic stations that provide real-time weather information that farmers can use.
A reporter from the Cedar Rapids Gazette tries out the AI goggles with help from

Demir to Receive ASFPM Outreach Award

IIHR's Ibrahim Demir will receive the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) National 2018 Outreach Award for his Flood Artificial Intelligence (AI) system.
Three men pose in front of a river. They are (left to right) Jacob Odgaard, Rex Elder, and Larry Weber.

In Memoriam: Rex Elder

IIHR lost a great friend and colleague when Rex Elder died on Feb. 24, 2018, at the remarkable age of 100.
A faculty member and two male students pose with an experimental flume

Carderock, IIHR Sign Education Partnership

IIHR is part of a new Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.
A portrait of a man

In Memoriam: Kwan Rim

Kwan Rim, professor emeritus and pioneer of one of America's first biomedical engineering educational programs, died March 4 in South Korea.
Gabriele Villarini sits in front of a mill stone in the Stanley Hydraulics Lab

Villarini Named Next Director of IIHR

IIHR alumnus Gabriele Villarini has been appointed to lead IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering as its next director.
Headshot photos of Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini.

The Climate Forces Behind Atmospheric Rivers

IIHR's Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the important role of atmospheric rivers in predicting storm development and landfall.