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Demir Wins ASFPM Award

IIHR Associate Faculty Research Engineer Ibrahim Demir will receive the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) National 2018 Outreach Award for his Flood Artificial Intelligence (AI) system at the ASFPM Conference in Phoenix on June 21.

IFC Hydro Stations Provide Weather Data Farmers Need

For farmers, timely information is vital. The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa is deploying new hydrologic stations that provide real-time weather information that farmers can use. The stations measure rainfall, wind speed and direction, and soil moisture and temperature. A shallow groundwater well also provides information about the water table. And… Continue Reading »

Little Town, Big Flooding

Floodwaters poured into Plainfield, Iowa, from all directions during rare fall flooding in 2016. Dan Gilles, an Iowa Flood Center (IFC) water resources engineer, is helping the tiny Northeast Iowa town find solutions for its water problems. Plainfield is a town of about 450 people. “For these small towns, it’s a lot to take on,”… Continue Reading »

Demir Wins Microsoft’s ‘AI for Earth’ Grant

Ibrahim Demir of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa (UI) has been awarded a grant from Microsoft as part of its “AI for Earth” program. Dr. Demir is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering who also leads the Hydroinformatics Lab at the University of Iowa. He will use the award to… Continue Reading »

New! IFIS Automatic Text Alerts

By Mikael Mulugeta A new Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) service now available will change how Iowans receive important flooding alerts. The new automated alert feature, accessible from the front page of IFIS, allows users to receive IFIS alerts via text message, phone call, or social media when sensors record certain flood levels. Users can select an… Continue Reading »

Thoughts go out to Harvey flood victims

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those impacted by the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.   Iowans remember the 2008 floods that wreaked havoc across our state. Through the chaos, we came together and built back a more resilient Iowa. Iowa Flood Center experts reflect on the extreme flooding in Texas: IFC Director Witold Krajewski compares… Continue Reading »

Be Ready for Spring Floods

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) offers a suite of online tools, the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), that allows all Iowans to access the latest community-based flood information. IFIS is a user-friendly online application based on a Google Maps interface. To launch IFIS, visit http://ifis.iowafloodcenter.org. New for 2017, IFIS offers a more responsive design. New… Continue Reading »

Iowa Flood Center featured in March 2017 BAMS Magazine

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC), established following the 2008 record floods, has developed a real-time flood forecasting and information dissemination system for use by all Iowans. The system complements the operational forecasting issued by the National Weather Service, is based on sound scientific principles of flood genesis and spatial organization, and includes many technological advances.… Continue Reading »

2017 Midwest Big Data Hackathon

By Mikael Mulugeta This September, the University of Iowa will host the 2017 Midwest Big Data Hackathon, a two-day, non-stop software development competition. The event, which will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union, permits students from any university or college to participate and form teams to work on big data projects of their choosing.… Continue Reading »

Celebrating Statewide Floodplain Mapping

You’re invited! Please join us for a celebration of the completion of the Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project: Monday, Nov. 28, 1 pm 2520D University Capitol Centre on the University of Iowa campus As the Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Program nears its Dec. 31, 2016, completion date, we invite you to join us to celebrate… Continue Reading »

New tools on IFIS are available to assist with flooding

In response to the flooding situation in Eastern Iowa, the Iowa Flood Center wants to remind you of the valuable tools and resources available on the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) web application. These tools exist to provide people with information to help them prepare for and respond quickly to flood events. A short video… Continue Reading »

IFC offers online tools to prepare Iowans for flooding

Heavy rainfall Wednesday evening into Thursday morning has caused significant flooding for numerous communities in north central Iowa. The city of Cedar Rapids is preparing for its second worst flood event; the Cedar River is expected to crest at 24.1 feet, compared to 31.1 feet during the 2008 floods. The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at… Continue Reading »

Loebsack to Propose National Flood Center

Congressman Dave Loebsack, along with staff from the Iowa Flood Center, will host a press conference on MONDAY, JUNE 6, to discuss legislation he will be introducing to establish a National Flood Center. The National Flood Research and Education Act (NFREA) would establish a consortium within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that includes… Continue Reading »

IFC and NASA to Study Soil Moisture

Researchers from the Iowa Flood Center have been invited to participate in a NASA field experiment this summer that will focus on global observations of soil moisture gathered by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite.

IFC Helps Bring $96.9M HUD Grant to Iowa

The Iowa Flood Center was instrumental in bringing a new $96.9M grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Iowa for a statewide watershed improvement program, the Iowa Watersheds Approach (IWA). The IWA will address issues associated with the devastating and dangerous floods Iowa communities experience year after year. Through strong partnerships… Continue Reading »

UI center has flood maps for Iowa

December rains are causing trepidation across Iowa. Temperatures far above seasonal averages and a heavy dose of rainfall have inundated the state with water, at a time of year when the extra moisture yields more runoff than usual. Since this weekend, about 100 flood warnings have been issued across Iowa as creeks, streams, and rivers… Continue Reading »

New IFC Video Released

The Iowa Flood Center has posted a new video that highlights the IFC’s service to Iowans and others in the areas of flood preparedness and mitigation. Brittany Borghi and Clarity Guerra of the UI Office of Strategic Communication produced the video for the Iowa Flood Center.

How has the Iowa Climate been Changing?

By Shianne Gruss, At a recent University of Iowa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workshop, several middle and high school teachers from across the state addressed this question, as well as how to encourage their students to begin asking the same thing. The workshop, titled “Hot Topic: Climate & Iowa,” was developed in part… Continue Reading »

Flood Inundation Maps for Independence

By Shianne Gruss, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering Citizens of Independence can now access online maps that show how flooding events are likely to affect their community, homes, and businesses. Independence is one of 14 Iowa cities to be part of the Iowa Flood Center’s (IFC) community-based flood inundation mapping project. “We’ve been moving through and trying… Continue Reading »