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.
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.
Close up of testing card.

Citizen Science: Water Monitoring

IIHR's Chris Jones is recruiting public volunteers to participate in a study which uses a smartphone app to detect nitrate levels in local watersheds using their phone’s camera.