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  • New flood maps clarify the risk homeowners face

    New flood maps clarify the risk homeowners face

    Flooding in urban areas cost Americans more than $106 billion between 1960 and 2016, damaging property, disrupting businesses and claiming lives in the process. Determining which areas are most likely to flood amid ever-changing land use and shifting rainfall and climate patterns can be expensive and complicated – and past methods of drawing flood maps fail […]


  • Congrats to Sheppard Medlin for his thesis defense on June 23rd!

    Congrats to Sheppard Medlin for his thesis defense on June 23rd!

    Graduate student Sheppard Medlin recently defended his thesis on Simulating the Effects of Barrier Island Scale on Storm Surge Attenuation. Medlin grew up in coastal North Carolina, where he developed a deep appreciation for the ocean and all the coastal communities that depend on it. Abstract: Nature Based Infrastructure (NBI) is an increasingly popular flood […]


  • Upcoming Thesis Defense: Brian Landers

    Upcoming Thesis Defense: Brian Landers

    Join us this Thursday for IRIS graduate student Brian Landers’ thesis defense, where he will present his research, “Modeling Regional Surface and Groundwater Hydrology near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.” Abstract: The Southeastern Coastal Plain physiographic region of Georgia is a unique hydrologic system that is cherished for the recreational opportunities, resources, and ecosystem services […]


  • IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe Presents at the 2022 World Environment and Water Resources Congress

    IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe Presents at the 2022 World Environment and Water Resources Congress

    Last week, IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe ran a technical workshop on Natural and Nature-based Infrastructure Systems on at the World Environment and Water Resources Congress. The 2022 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress featured 8 concurrent technical tracks over three days. Approximately 900 leading engineers and scientists from around the world attended the EWRI Congress […]


  • Stormwater Maintenance Resources

    Stormwater Maintenance Resources

    The UGA Marine Extension and SeaGrant works closely with communities to develop real-world solutions to challenges that they face. Jessica Brown is a stormwater specialist part of the UGA Marine Extension, where she works with municipalities and communities to improve stormwater management and stewardship. Brown and the team at SeaGrant have compiled a list of […]


  • Capstone program spans the bridge between learning and real-world problems

    Capstone program spans the bridge between learning and real-world problems

    IRIS Affiliate Stephen Durham, the assistant dean for student success and outreach at the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering, spoke to the efficacy of the UGA College of Engineering Capstone program in a recent article on the College of Engineering’s webpage. The capstone gives students real world experience in tackling engineering problems. “From the […]


  • University Units Collaborate to Host Climate and Water Research Slam

    University Units Collaborate to Host Climate and Water Research Slam

    Great minds don’t necessarily think alike—and our friends at the River Basin Center feel that’s valuable.   That’s why they partnered with The Office of Sustainability and the Georgia Initiative for Climate and Society to host the Climate and Water Research Slam on May 12, 1 to 5 p.m.  Twenty-two speakers—including lawyers, engineers, ecologists and social […]


  • Predicting Uncertainty: IRIS researchers develop models to more accurately predict and map flood zones

    Predicting Uncertainty: IRIS researchers develop models to more accurately predict and map flood zones

    Flooding in urban areas cost Americans over $106 billion dollars from 1960 through 2016 in damage, and took lives and livelihoods. Predicting which areas are most likely to flood amid changing land use and rainfall can be expensive and complicated—and past methods of drawing flood maps fail to capture the inherent uncertainty in flood predictions. […]


  • Exploring the Benefits of Natural Infrastructure: NASEM Workshop Recap

    Exploring the Benefits of Natural Infrastructure: NASEM Workshop Recap

    On May 10th and 11th, experts in the field of natural infrastructure and resiliency from around the country gathered to explore the benefits, applications and opportunities of natural infrastructure as part of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) workshop.