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Academic Departments

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Several UI academic departments conduct and support sustainability research.


The Iowa Flood Center was created after the Flood of 2008 as a center for flood research and education. Current Iowa Flood Center research includes w

atershed flood mitigation projects to reduce flood damage in select Iowa watersheds and a study to improve the accuracy of long-range flood probability forecasts.

IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering is a world-renowned center for education, research, and public service focusing on hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics. IIHR sustainability research includes carbon cycle research and a project to create an intelligent digital watershed to monitor, model, and predict water and water quality within a watershed.

Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

Faculty in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences conduct research in several areas related to sustainability. These areas include human-environment interaction, geographic information science, global health, and international development.

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Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth of Environmental Sciences conducts research in earth processes, earth history, and environmental sustainability using physical, chemical, and biological methods.

Urban and Regional Planning

Through the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning participate in sustainability research and outreach projects for various Iowa communities. One such project is the award-winning Sustainability Progress Report for Dubuque, Iowa. Over the course of the project, students developed a set of 60 specific indicators to help the city benchmark and track the progress of its 11 sustainability initiatives. This research was not only ground-breaking, but allowed the city to use the students’ recommendations to improve its sustainability plans.

Public Health

The Prevention Research Center for Rural Health’s mission is to improve the health of rural communities in Iowa. The PRCRH’s core research projects include a study to develop a practical and affordable intervention to encourage healthy ea

ting in rural owner-operated restaurants and projects addressing childhood obesity in Iowa communities.

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is one of nine agricultural health and safety centers funded by the National Institute of occupational Safety and Health to protect and promote the health and safety of farmers, agricultural workers, and rural residents. The GPCAH’s recent research includes an intervention project to reduce air pollutant exposures in concentrated animal feeding operations and a population-based study of health status and environmental exposures of a random sample of residents in Keokuk County, Iowa.


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