IOWA FLOOD INFORMATION SYSTEM

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is a one-stop web-platform
to access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations,
inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications
The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is a web platform developed by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa. IFIS provides a user-friendly and interactive environment for over 1000 communities in Iowa regarding flood conditions, flood forecasts, data visualizations, and flood-related data, information and applications.

The IFIS provides community-centric watershed and river characteristics, weather (rainfall) conditions, and streamflow data and visualization tools. Interactive interfaces allow access to inundation maps for different stage and return period values, and flooding scenarios with contributions from multiple rivers. Real-time and historical data of water levels, gauge heights, and rainfall conditions are available in the IFIS by streaming data from automated IFC bridge sensors, USGS stream gauges, NEXRAD radars, and NWS forecasts. 2D and 3D interactive visualizations in the IFIS make the data more understandable to general public. Users are able to filter data sources for their communities and selected rivers.

The IFIS includes a rainfall-runoff forecast model to provide a five-day flood risk estimate for over 1000 communities in Iowa. Multiple view modes in the IFIS accommodate different user types from general public to researchers and decision makers by providing different level of tools and details. River view mode allows users to visualize data from multiple IFC bridge sensors and USGS stream gauges to follow flooding condition along a river.

The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods.
MY COMMUNITY - MY WATERSHED



Community-based flood conditions, data resources, and upstream watershed characteristics

FLOOD INUNDATION MAPS



Inundation maps provide information on the extent and depth of flood waters

FLIGHT SIMULATOR FOR FLOOD INUNDATION MAPS



Fly over any flood inundation map in Iowa using interactive flight simulator

FLOOD CONDITIONS AND FORECASTS



Real-time water levels and gauge heights with warning levels, and flood forecast

SEASONAL FLOOD FORECAST



9-day seasonal flood forecast at USGS gauge locations

WEATHER CONDITIONS



Real-time rainfall maps displaying current conditions, and past rainfall accumulation. Rainfall products are supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) under grants 0427422 (ATM) and 0839576 (GEO).

RAINFALL FREQUENCY MAPS



Compare daily rainfall accumulation with frequency in real-time (utilizing WebGL)

DAILY SNOW MELT



Hourly snow melt for Iowa for the last 11 days

INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATIONS



Visualizations of water levels and stream gauge readings with 3D/2D interactive animations

IFC DATA RESOURCES



Data from IFC's bridge sensors, rain gauges, and data sources with real-time and historical information

RIVER VIEW



Visualization of data from multiple IFC bridge sensors and USGS gauges in a single view along a river

3D TERRAIN VIEWER



Visualize any location in Iowa using 3D terrain viewer with custom texture and elevation services (utilizing WebGL)

REALISTIC FLOOD VISUALIZER



Create interactive and realistic flood scenes anywehere in Iowa (utilizing WebGL)

3D CITY VISUALIZER



Create interactive and city scenes anywehere in Iowa (utilizing WebGL)

IFIS KNOWLEDGE ENGINE



Ask questions and generate answers for evrything related to floods in Iowa

RAINFALL TRACKER



See how rainfall moves in the river network. Click anywhere on the map and see rain draining in the river network.

WATERSHED DELINEATION TOOL



Click anywhere on the map and see generate watershed in a second.

CUSTOM MAP LAYER



Add any map layer on IFIS using KML, KMZ or GeoRSS formats.

SPLIT MAP VIEW



Split map view for IFIS to compare features and data resources for two location on the map.

IFIS MOBILE



Optimized IFIS web interface for mobile devices (e.g. smart phones, tablets)