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.


Three new post-doctoral positions available!

Want to join the IRIS team? Check out these job postings: Postdoctoral Research Associate AD: Biodiversity within Nature-Based Solutions  Status: Posted Posting Number: G/R10504P  Posting Quick Link: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/175566 Search Committee: Seth Winger (Chair), Brian Bledsoe, and Virginia Talati (Pending HR Approval *** For some reason there is something weird with your profile in UGAJobs, I sent a request for …

We’re hiring!

We’re seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the IRIS team, as part of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. The candidate will work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-funded project: the Engineering With Nature Initiative. Candidates should have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in civil or environmental …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and University of Georgia announce Network for Engineering With Nature partnership

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and University of Georgia (UGA) recently announced a partnership that connects the interdisciplinary expertise of UGA’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), with the vast on-the-ground experience of USACE’s Engineering With Nature® (EWN®) Initiative to form the Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN). Through this partnership and a …

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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.