A collaborative serious game for water resources planning and hazard mitigation

Hydrological hazards are enormous risks for communities. A Multi-Hazard Tournament (MHT) allows members of a watershed community to evaluate adaptation options to develop mitigation strategies for multiple water-related hazards such as floods, drought, and water pollution. Hazard risk assessment and minimization of water quality issues and water resources are all parts of the plan.

A photo of the river near LACMRERS

Water quality, flooding mean low grade for major watershed

https://apnews.com/article/water-quality-mississippi-river-united-states-c7967545aeb0bb26069f96c15d82ec79AP News,Published on: December 8th, 2020

Revisiting hysteresis of flow variables in monitoring unsteady streamflows

Steady and unsteady streamflows are monitored through combining direct flow measurements and statistical analyses. Flow variables displaying inherent hysteretic behavior is indicative of non-kinematic waves passing through the gauging station. The paper demonstrates the index-velocity and continuous slope-area methods are more suitable to monitor unsteady flows in comparison with the widely used stage-discharge approach.

Development of Synthetic Rating Curves: Case Study in Iowa

The authors of the case study discuss an economically feasible approach to generate synthetic rating curves that enhance utility of stage-only river gauges. There are 250 bridge-mounted river-stage sensors deployed by IFC in Iowa. Those sensors, in concert with USGS and other related sensor data, are used to determine discharge and other errors or triumphs of the measurement system.

Big Sioux River Flood Information System, based on IFC’s Flood Information System, Receives Honor Award for Engineering Excellence

https://drgnews.com/2020/12/02/denre28099s-big-sioux-river-flood-information-system-receives-honor-award-for-engineering-excellence/DRG News,Published on: December 2nd, 2020

Isenhart: Dubuque County makes ambitious moves to tackle water quality

https://www.telegraphherald.com/coronavirus/article_bbb89c9d-bfa9-5e63-88e2-1486528171a7.htmlTelegraph Herald,Published on: November 9th, 2020

Sen. Perry organizes meeting with city, county and state officials on flood mitigation

https://www.kinston.com/news/20200826/sen-perry-organizes-meeting-with-city-county-and-state-officials-on-flood-mitigationKinston,Published on: August 26th, 2020

Hydrologic Implications of Wind Farm Effect on Radar‐Rainfall Observations

In this study, the authors investigate the hydrologic impact of wind farm clutter in the Multi‐Radar Multi‐Sensor (MRMS) rainfall products. The study uses the probability of detection (POD) method to identify wind farm clutter in data from Iowa for the years 2016 and 2017.

Streamflow Forecasting without Models

The authors used 16 years of river measurements to explore persistence in streamflow forecasting based on the real-time streamflow observations.

Insights On Streamflow Predictability Across Scales Using Horizontal Visibility Graph Based Networks

The authors characterize the dynamics associated with streamflow time-series data from 64 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) unregulated stream-gauge stations in the state of Iowa. They employ a novel approach called visibility graph (VG) that uses the concept of mapping time series into complex networks to investigate the time evolutionary behavior of dynamical systems.