About DRI

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Welcome to the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.

DRI’s faculty members are nontenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion.

Our Mission

We excel in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world. We implement this mission by fostering scientific and engineering talent. We apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.

Our Vision

We seek to be the world's scientific leader investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing environmental technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. We will achieve this vision by increasing scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth's environment, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible resource management, and improving human health and welfare.

Research for a Balanced Future

Since 2000, DRI has attracted $391 million in external research. Watch the video below to learn more about DRI's research, scientists, and mission.

Air
Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
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Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.
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Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
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Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.
CURRENT OBSERVATIONS


Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
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Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.
 

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
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Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.
NEWS • LABS & CAPABILITIES


GreenPower
K-12 Outreach and Education
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Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.
NEWS • WHAT WE DO


Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Water
Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
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Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.
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DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
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Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.


Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.