Cafe Scientifique

Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski presents “River Networks and Floods” at 5:00 pm at Cafe Scienfitique at T-Spoons (on the corner of Linn and Market Streets in downtown Iowa City).

Dr. Krajewski will talk about the hydrologic genesis of floods – “small” and “big” ones.  He will discuss the role of rainfall, soil moisture, land cover, and in particular, the role of the stream and river drainage network.  He will illustrate the talk with results of his studies of the Iowa 2008 floods.

For more information about Cafe Scientifique, go to: http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/cafe/.

Dry Run Creek Meeting

Dr. Witold Krajewski and Dr. Ricardo Mantilla of the Iowa Flood Center will participate in the Dry Creek Watershed Hydrological Assessment meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10 am in Amana.   The meeting goal is to discuss collaboration of a hydrologic study of Dry Creek watershed.

Mantilla to Address UI Senior College

Dr. Ricardo Mantilla of the Iowa Flood Center will address the UI Senior College in session 5 titled, “After the Deluge: Understanding the Floods and Flood Mitigation.”  He will speak on October 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm in Room 131 of the Pomerantz Center

Upper Mississippi River Conference

Dr. Larry Weber, Director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, presented The Iowa Flood Center at the Upper Mississippi River Conference at the Iowa Wireless Center, Moline, IL on Friday, September 25, 2009.

Sioux City Rotary

Dr. Larry Weber, Director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, presented The Iowa Flood Center to the Sioux City Rotary at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.

Old Capital Sartoma Club

Dr. Larry Weber, Director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, presented The Iowa Flood Center to the Old Capital Cartoma Club at the Athletic Club August 27, 2009.

Bettendorf Rotary – Aug. 26

Dr. Larry Weber, Director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, presented The Iowa Flood Center to the Bettendorf Rotary Club on August 26, 2009.

Palo Storm Water Management Committee

Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski and Engineers Ricardo Mantilla and Dan Ceynar met with the Palo Storm Water Management Committee on August 18, 2009.

Palo Meeting on August 18.

Palo Meeting on August 18.

Turkey River Meeting

Iowa Flood Center personnel traveled to Elkader, Iowa to discuss flooding on the Turkey River.

Krajewski Named Director of Iowa Flood Center

University of Iowa News Release

The University of Iowa has named Witold Krajewski, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, as director of the new Iowa Flood Center, effective immediately.

IIHR Director Larry Weber said that Krajewski, who also holds the Rose & Joseph Summers Chair in Water Resources Engineering, is the right person to lead the center.

“As a leading researcher in rainfall forecasting, modeling, and measurement using radar and satellite remote sensing, Professor Krajewski is uniquely suited to direct the center,” said Weber.

In April, the center received $1.3 million to enable it to conduct real-time forecasting of floods and help communities improve flood monitoring.

In late June 2008, Weber and Krajewski, at the suggestion of UI President Sally Mason, brought National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Arden L. Bement, Jr. to the UI campus to meet with researchers. Following his visit, UI researchers applied for and received nearly a dozen NSF-funded projects valued at a total of more than $500,000. These projects include such studies as an analysis of Cedar Rapids soil samples to learn what industrial and farm chemicals may have been carried into the city by floodwaters.

“Gathering UI researchers together for Dr. Bement’s campus visit last June gave us a unique opportunity to learn about other expertise on campus,” recalled Krajewski. “The wide range of research projects, led by engineers, geographers, and sociologists, convinced us that we needed to think beyond the 2008 flood and consider how we might study floods together within the context of a new multidisciplinary flood center.”

Because much of IIHR’s flood-related work is basic research funded though small NSF grants, Krajewski recently submitted a separate proposal for a National Flood Research Center in response to an NSF call for proposed Science and Technology Centers. If funded, it would be one of several Science and Technology Centers across the United States, but the only one focusing exclusively on floods.

The state center, however, will allow for work focused specifically on applications for Iowa, Weber said.

“We expect the work of the Iowa Flood Center and the National Flood Center, if funded, to complement each other,” said Weber. “The National Center will have a broad research and education mission to serve our nation, while the Iowa Flood Center will focus on applications and priorities specific to Iowa.”

The Iowa Flood Center will establish community-based programs to improve flood monitoring and prediction along Iowa’s major waterways, as well as share center resources and expertise across the state to develop a flood-savvy work force.

Krajewski said that the goal of the center is to develop physically based numerical models that will improve flood forecasting and mitigation understanding in the basin — all with the goal of trying to prevent or at least lessen the effects of flooding.

The Iowa Flood Center will also collaborate with state and federal agencies, such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu