The relationship between IIHR and the Iowa Geological Survey creates an organization with expertise that covers all aspects of Iowa’s hydrologic cycle — precipitation, evaporation and evapotranspiration, surface flow, infiltration, and groundwater flow.  This broad scope facilitates collaborations and allows researchers to develop the best possible water-related information, analyses, and tools for Iowans.

Critical Iowa Research

Iowa’s natural water resources are vital to the state’s agricultural economy, to its natural environment, and to its citizens’ health.  Together, IIHR and IGS can develop a comprehensive understanding of this precious natural resource in all its forms, making it possible to address a wide spectrum of water-related concerns, including conservation, quality, and quantity.  The new program will make it easier to develop new models and forecasting tools, giving decision-makers the information they need to make informed choices.