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.
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.