Beginning with the innovative Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) in 2011, IIHR has made easy online public access to research data the standard for its major research initiatives. Since then, IIHR has developed similar online data access systems for water-quality information, the Iowa Watershed Approach, well driller information, and more. These platforms allow emergency managers, decision-makers, and the general public to access the data they need for safety and good public policy.
The Iowa Water Quality Information System (IWQIS) offers access to real-time water-quality data and information such as nitrate, pH, and dissolved oxygen concentrations, discharge rates, and temperature. IIHR’s network of water-quality sensors provides these essential data, which give us unprecedented information on the state of Iowa’s water.
The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is an easy-to-use, Google Maps–based web platform developed by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC). It provides real-time information on watersheds, precipitation, and stream levels for more than 1,000 Iowa communities. IFIS is available to all Iowans on the internet at ifis.iowafloodcenter.org/ifis/.
The Iowa Watershed Approach Information System (IWAIS) is a key part of the Iowa Watershed Approach. The system allows anyone to view and interact with data related to the project. IWAIS was designed to support and inform decisions related to strategic best management practice (BMP) implementation and the development of community flood resilience.
The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) supports a variety of online systems to share data directly with Iowans. These systems include:
- Interactive maps that provide access to the survey’s vast catalog of publications;
- A catalog of publications on the geological resources of Iowa, including groundwater, bedrock, glacial materials, and mineral resources;
- GeoSam, which offers key information for every available well, rock exposure, or site of geologic information in Iowa;
- GeoCore, which gives users information on the IGS Rock Library;
- IGS Pump Test, which offers access to a collection of aquifer pumping test data and results;
- GeoLab, which showcases laboratory results from more than 6,000 samples across Iowa; and more!
The Missouri River Flood Information System (MRFIS) provides comprehensive information on floods, streamflow and mitigation scenarios, and levee systems that can be easily modified to represent breaches. The MRFIS builds upon the award-winning Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) that provides real-time flood alerts and forecasts, river levels, weather conditions, and more for the entire state of Iowa.