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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 »

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 »

Measuring Flood Discharge

This book chapter reviews the methodologies for the measurement of discharges in streams with special focus on the issues relevant to acquisition and estimation of streamflows during flood conditions. M. Muste and T. Hoitink. “Measuring Flood Discharge,” chapter in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science, Subject: Case studies, risk assessment, vulnerability, floodss; Oxford University… Continue Reading »

Mapping Outlets of Iowa Flood Center and National Water Center River Networks for Hydrologic Model Comparison

The authors propose a methodology to find corresponding outlets where the hydrologic simulations of the IFC model, and the National Water Center model, can be compared. F. Quintero and W. Krajewski. “Mapping Outlets of Iowa Flood Center and National Water Center River Networks for Hydrologic Model Comparison,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12554,… Continue Reading »

Analysis of National Weather Service Stage Forecast Errors

The authors report the skill of the river stage forecasts produced by National Weather Service at 51 locations in Iowa. They also analyze how the skill obtained at particular locations is related to the characteristics of the basin. G. Zalenski, W. Krajewski, F. Quintero, P. Restrepo, and S. Buan. “Analysis of National Weather Service Stage… Continue Reading »

A Spatial–Dynamical Framework for Evaluation of Satellite Rainfall Products for Flood Prediction

The authors report a novel framework that provides insights about the spatial and temporal propagation of errors in hydrologic simulations across the drainage network. F. Quintero, W. Krajewski, R. Mantilla, S. Small, and B.-C. Seo. “A Spatial-Dynamical Framework for Evaluation of Satellite Rainfall Products for Flood Prediction,” Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17, 8, pp., 2017. doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-15-0195.1

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 »

New! Download the FREE IFIS App

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) has a new responsive design compatible with smartphones and tablets. Down the IFIS App for convenient anywhere, anytime use!

Real-Time Flood Forecasting and Information System for the State of Iowa

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 »

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. At its core is a continuous rainfall–runoff model based on landscape decomposition into hillslopes and channel links. To read more, please visit the BAMS website.