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.

Lamuta Develops Soft Robots Inspired by Cephalopods

Caterina Lamuta has taken a keen interest in cephalopods and has found new ways to mimic their tentacles in the lab for use in underwater vehicles and robots.
Gabriele Villarini works at a computer

Understanding the True Flood Risks of Tropical Cyclones

New research led by IIHR Director Gabriele Villarini has developed a probabilistic rainfall generator to provide crucial rainfall data for more accurate modeling of tropical cyclones in coastal states.
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What’s in Your Water?

IIHR's Zhi and LeFevre took samples and measured chemical composition of a local creek for over three years in an ecological study.