Today, IGS continues to conduct applied and foundational research on many topics and focus areas that impact all Iowans. Our research spans a geologic and hydrogeologic continuum from gaining new understanding of fundamental soils, geology and stratigraphy, to evaluating landscape and watershed processes, to assessing water quality and impacts of non-point source pollution. The best IGS research is conducted collaboratively, both within the IGS organization and through partnerships with researchers from other universities, colleges, agencies and organizations.
A list of research topics is provided below to highlight recent projects and initiatives. We encourage anyone interested in pursuing geologic and hydrogeologic research in Iowa to contact the IGS for information and potential collaboration on projects. More than a century-worth of data, new research tools and Iowa-based expertise provided by IGS staff is available to anyone looking for advice or assistance on research projects.