Rivers, Watersheds, & the Landscape
IIHR has been involved in river-related research since the lab’s beginnings. Some of the earliest experiments capitalized on IIHR’s experimental channel, which drew water directly from the adjacent dam on the Iowa River.
Today, IIHR is at the forefront of efforts to solve some of society’s most significant Grand Challenges, especially in relation to water and its impacts to the built and natural environment. IIHR researchers are addressing issues related to sustainability in the water, energy and food nexus; improving our understanding and adaptation to climate change; increasing community resilience to natural hazards; and helping equip society with the tools to make informed decisions.