IRIS advances the integration of natural and conventional infrastructure systems to strengthen society’s long term resilience to flooding, sea level rise, drought and other disruptions. Through collaborative partnerships, interdisciplinary expertise and research innovations, we empower communities and businesses to discover wise infrastructure solutions that deliver a broad array of social, economic and environmental benefits.


With an interdisciplinary team that spans over ten University of Georgia Schools and colleges, IRIS projects are as diverse as the people who conduct them. Examples of our current projects are below:

Stormwater control measures and stream restoration are often planned and implemented separately.  In a new study, IRIS affiliate Dr. Rod Lammers and colleagues show that strategically combining plans for stream restoration with stormwater measures, like rain gardens and urban natural areas that allow runoff to soak into the ground near its source, can provide more benefits per cost. 

As climate change causes rising temperatures and changes in rainfall across the planet, IRIS researcher Dr. Don Nelson is shedding light on the differing values of populations in Northeastern Brazil to inform future water management decisions. 

IRIS and partners are streamlining the consultation process involving imperiled aquatic species potentially affected by GDOT construction projects that affect freshwater ecosystems. A streamlined consultation process will ensure that species receive protections that are most important to their life stage and sensitivities.


IRIS’s Interdisciplinary Research Upheld as an Example of Success in UGA Today Story on Presidential Seed Grants

IRIS’s interdisciplinary research relationships are thriving, thanks in part to a Presidential Seed Grant given to the Institute to help encourage partnerships across disciplines. This past year, IRIS joined the Network for Engineering with Nature, alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in an initiative to advance the use of natural infrastructure around the world. …

March 9th: Scott Pippin and Shana Jones to Present New Paper at Columbia Law School’s Climate Change Symposium

On March 9th, Scott Pippin and Shana Jones will be presenting a new paper, Stabilizing the Edge:  Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Shorescapes Facing Sea-Level Rise, at Columbia Law School’s annual Climate Change Symposium.  An article also will appear in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law in the spring.  In the article, the researchers analyze ocean-facing and estuarine protection laws …

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The University of Georgia School of Engineering offers programs with relevant specialties for both Master’s and Ph.D. students interested in the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems. Learn more!

IRIS brings researchers from departments across the University of Georgia campus into conversation with each other, and provides support in the form of workshops, communications, and opportunities for collaboration. With our interdisciplinary perspective, we are able to tackle tough problems from all angles. To learn more about our team of affiliates, visit this page.

IRIS works closely with communities, municipalities and industry partners to support them in creating and implementing pragmatic resilience solutions backed up by the best available science, technology and communications tools. We help organizations prepare to be stronger when things go wrong, while enhancing their reputation, stakeholder relationships, and cost effectiveness.