The International Water Institute works with university researchers, watershed professional and practitioners, and other non-profit partners to acquire information and conduct research necessary to address the needs of local land and water managers in the Red River of the North Basin. Current and ongoing research and information dissemination efforts include:
Basin Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee – A study to determine the effects of agricultural drainage on flooding with recommendations for subsurface and surface water management in the Red River of the North Basin
Red River Basin Mapping Initiative – LiDAR Data acquisition for the entire US portion of the Red of the North Basin
Snow Study – Snow depth, snow water equivalencies, frost depth, and infiltration tests for flood forecasting and modeling.
Red River Basin Decision Information Network – Decision support tools for local land and water managers including:
Fargo-Moorhead Flood Forecast Display – Forecasted Fargo/Moorhead area flood extent and inundation maps
Basin Viewer – Customized maps
LiDAR Viewer – Customized LiDAR elevation maps
LiDAR Download Portal – Access to over 8 terabytes of LiDAR data.
Regional Drought Decision Support – Real-time drought information.
River Watch Water Quality database – Water quality data and analysis for area streams.
Water Quality Decision Support System – Advanced LiDAR-derived water quality data layers to target, prioritize, and measure effectiveness of best management and conservation practices.
Project Planning Tool – An online system to access flood damage reduction planning data, delineate watersheds, create hydrology reports, and determine potential mitigation factors.
CRED – A mobile application to provide critical information for flood forecasting.