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Hydroinformatics Research

Active Projects / Funding


Here is a list of ongoing research projects (active) we are leading or contributing with total support over $15 million from federal and state programs, and industry partners.

  • 'Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH)'.
    2022-2027, NOAA
  • 'Novel Integration of Direct Measurements with Numerical Models for Real-time Estimation and Forecasting of Streamflow Response to Cyclical Processes: Time Varying Flow and Seasonal Changes of Riparian Roughness'.
    2021-2024, NSF Hydrology
  • 'Track E: Linking the Green Economy to the Blue Economy at the Coast'.
    2021-2022, NSF Convergence Accelerator
  • 'GP-GO: Iowa Environmental Internship Pathways Program'.
    2021-2024, NSF IUSE:GEOPAths
  • 'River Morphology Data and Analysis Tools (RiverMorph): A Web Platform for Enabling River Morphology Research'.
    2020-2023, NSF Geoinformatics
  • 'CyberWater - An Open and Sustainable Framework for Diverse Data and Model Integration with Provenance and Access To HPC'.
    2019-2022, NSF CSSI
  • 'An Integrated Big Data Framework for Water Quality Issues in the Upper Mississippi River Basin'.
    2018-2022, NSF Big Data
  • 'Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory'.
    2021-2023, UIOWA P3 Program
  • 'Identification of Dominant Factors and Modeling Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics for Major Lakes in Iowa'.
    2022-2023, UIOWA Healthy Lakes Initiative
  • 'Watershed-Level Multi-Criteria Quantification of Agricultural Sustainability for Iowa'.
    2022-2023, UIOWA ISSFP
  • 'AI-Enabled Intelligent Assistant (AIIA) for Personalized and Adaptive Learning and Advising'.
    2021-2022, UIOWA ITTA
  • 'Actionable Flood Warnings Based on Ground-truth Data to Support Iowa DOT BridgeWatch Platform'.
    2022-2023, IA DOT
  • 'Assessing the Flood Reduction Benefits of On-road Structures'.
    2020-2023, IA DOT
  • 'Design Guidelines and Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Sedimentation of Multi-Barrel Culverts'.
    2020-2023, IA DOT
  • 'Disaster Route Planning for Floods'.
    2017-2022, IA DOT, MATC
  • 'Data Anomaly Detection and Sediment Yield Estimation in the USACE’s Reservoir Sedimentation Information (RSI) Database'.
    2020-2022, USACE
  • 'Connecting Rural and Peri-urban Farmers to Demonstrate and Disseminate Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Practices'.
    2019-2022, US EPA
  • 'Data Visualization of IWA Data and Project Sites'.
    2017-2022, IA HSEMD, Iowa Homeland Security
  • 'Information and Decision System for Poultry Infectious Diseases'.
    2022-2023, Iowa Poultry Association
  • 'Coupling Physical and Societal Objectives for Decision Making in Water Resources Management'.
    2021-2022, Iowa Water Center
  • 'A Serious Game on Flood Mitigation for K-12 and Public Education'.
    2021-2022, Iowa Water Center
  • 'E-Tailored Pain Management Support for Dementia Family Caregivers'.
    2022-2024, Alzheimer Association
  • 'HydroLang: An Open-Source Web-Based Programming Framework for Hydrological Community'.
    2021-2022, CUAHSI PIF
  • 'Big Sioux River Basin Flood Information System'.
    2020-2023, SD DENR, South Dakota DNR
  • 'Knowledge Discovery, Integration and Communication for Extreme Weather and Flood Resilience Using Artificial Intelligence'.
    2017-2022, Microsoft, AI for Earth Program
  • 'UIOWA Hackathon'.
    2016-2023, NSF MBDH, UIOWA, Industry

Completed Projects


  • 'Missouri River Flood Inundation Model and Information System'.
    2020-2021, IA EAD, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • 'Next-Generation Stage Measurement at Ungauged Locations using IoT'.
    2020-2021, Iowa Water Center
  • 'Evaluation of HAND Flood Inundation Maps in Iowa'.
    2020-2022, UCAR, COMET Program
  • 'Multimorbidity in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Association with Pain and Health Care Utilization using Big Data Approaches'.
    2020-2021, NIH
  • 'Enhancing Ethical Context in the Engineering Curriculum: Ethical Dilemmas in Building New Buildings Card Game'.
    2020-2021, UIOWA, College of Engineering
  • 'Semi-Volatile PCBs: Sources, Exposures, Toxicities'.
    2019-2021, NIH
  • 'Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes (IML-CZO)'
    2019-2021, NSF CZO
  • 'Ethical and Moral Challenges for Engineers and AI: A Web-Based Serious Game for Engineering Decision Making'.
    2019-2021, UIOWA, College of Engineering
  • 'Quantum Computing Applications in Environmental Science'.
    2019-2020, Rigetti QCS, Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services
  • 'Improving Data Integration and Exchange for EPA Current Discovery Tool'.
    2018-2020, US EPA
  • 'Iowa Watershed Approach for Urban and Rural Resilience'.
    2016-2021, US HUD, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev.
  • 'Develop a Hydrologic and Hydraulic Model of the Big Sioux River Basin'.
    2016-2020, SD DENR, South Dakota DNR
  • 'Inundation Damage Assessment Maps for Non-leveed Iowa Communities Mississippi River Front'.
    2019-2020, USACE
  • 'Integrated Data Framework for Agricultural Flood Damage and Loss Analysis'.
    2018-2019, NSF, Midwest Big Data Hub – DigitalAg Spoke
  • 'Transfer of the Iowa DOT Culverts Web-Tool Prototype to Iowa DOT Mainframe'.
    2018-2019, IA DOT
  • 'Water Quality Data Visualization'.
    2018-2019, CHEEC, UIOWA
  • 'EAGER: PPER: Validation and Utilization of a New Tool for Citizen-Led Water Quality Monitoring in Agricultural Watersheds'.
    2017-2018, NSF EAGER
  • 'Data Visualization Project for Homeland Security'.
    2017-2018, IA HS, Iowa Homeland Security
  • 'Decision Support Tool for the Texas Multi-Hazard Tournament'.
    2017-2018, USACE
  • 'Smart Ag-Practice Forecasting for Interconnected Communities: Supplemental request for BCS #1114978'.
    2016-2019, NSF CNH
  • 'A Pilot Project for Cloud-based NEXRAD Data Processing, Analysis, and Visualization for Flood Forecasting and Water Resources Management'.
    2016-2018, Unidata
  • 'Interactive Digital Exhibit with Rainfall and Flood Data and Tools'.
    2016-2017, UIOWA
  • 'Initial All-Hands Meeting in Digital Agriculture'.
    2016-2017, NSF Big Data, Midwest Big Data Hub
  • 'Iowa Water Quality Information System'.
    2015-2018, Carver Foundation
  • 'Prototype Multi-Jurisdictional Decision Making Web Platform for Integrated Water Resources Management: From Interagency Collaboration to Implementation in Iowa-Cedar Watershed'.
    2014-2016, US DoD, Army Corps of Eng.
  • 'Improving Visualization and Access to Radar Data using Unidata Tools for Flood Prediction and Management'.
    2014-2015, Unidata, Equipment Awards Program
  • 'Collaboration with Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) at Goddard Space Flight Center'.
    2013-2014, NASA, EPSCoR Program
  • 'Web-based Augmented and Virtual Reality Flood Simulation Platform for Game-based Learning of Hydrological Concepts'.
    2013-2014, UIOWA, Academic Technologies Advisory Council
  • 'Design and Development of UCF CHAMPS Hydrologic Information System'.
    2013-2014, UCF, University of Central Florida
  • 'EarthCube Community Workshop: Designing A Roadmap for Workflows in Geosciences'.
    2012-2013, NSF EarthCube
  • 'Global Water Platform – Phase IA: Planning, design and development of a web-based platform on water and sustainability issues'.
    2009-2010, IWA, International Water Association

Funding Partners

Our research group received funding from following agencies and organizations.

Industry Sponsors

Our research group received funding, hardware, software and services from following industry partners.