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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 »

Demir says his Flood AI system helps raise awareness by making flood information available to the public in a uniquely accessible way.

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.

Jim Niemeier with a hydrologic station

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 »

IFC/Flood Awareness Month Media Coverage

On March 1, the Iowa Flood Center held a media event in recognition of the start of March Flood Awareness month. Check out the news stories below! http://whotv.com/2018/03/02/iowa-flood-center-ready-to-help-project-flood-risks/ http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Iowa-Flood-Center-website-helps-forecast-flood-conditions-and-damage-475609853.html http://www.kwwl.com/story/37628130/2018/03/Thursday/iowa-flood-center-shows-off-flood-forecasting-technology http://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/iowa-flood-center-reveals-new-flood-tracking-technology-ahead-of-2018-flood-season http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/education/iowa-flood-center-predicts-normal-flood-season-touts-online-prediction-tools-20180301 http://www.ktiv.com/video?clipId=14166846&autostart=true http://www.kttc.com/category/131445/video?clipId=14166846&autostart=true https://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2345&DateTime=3%2F1%2F2018+10%3A04%3A35+PM&Term=University+of+Iowa&PlayClip=TRUE

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 »

The Iowa Watersheds Project: Iowa’s prototype for engaging communities and professionals in watershed hazard mitigation

In response to the 2008 floods, the creation of the Iowa Flood Center and Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs) in Iowa led to a synergy of local communities and technical experts engaging with one another to reduce flood risks. The state of Iowa received funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a… Continue Reading »

IFC stream sensor used to track flooding on the Poudre River

The Iowa Flood Center’s stream monitoring network is gaining interest across the country. Through a partnership with Riverside Technology Inc., the Iowa Flood Center received funding and support to deploy a stream stage sensor on the Poudre River in Colorado. The sensor has been deployed as part of a pilot project to improve flood awareness… Continue Reading »