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 »
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 »
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 »
The Iowa Flood Center and local partners organized a tour of the Soap Creek Watershed on Sept. 12 that attracted more than 75 people from around the state.
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 »
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 »
The IFC is partnering with the South Central Cedar Creek WMA to install a bridge sensor, rain gauge, and develop a hydrologic assessment of the watershed.
Lauren Grimley, an IFC graduate research assistant, worked with researchers from various universities as part of the National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute.
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 »
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 »
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
By Jackie Stolze According to IIHR’s Dan Ceynar, a dedicated river clean-up volunteer, Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) is like RAGBRAI on the river – minus the partying. It must have been an amazing sight—dozens and dozens of canoes floating down the Upper Cedar River. Every now and then, one of the volunteers… Continue Reading »
Ricardo Mantilla, a research engineer at IIHR, has been the principle architect of the IFC flood prediction model.
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 »
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!
Gabriele Villarini, associate director of IIHR, has won the first 2017 Water Young Investigator Award.
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 »
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.