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.