Research in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences is accomplished through field and laboratory observation, theoretical and laboratory analysis, and computer modeling at many spatial and temporal scales. This work is conducted in response to the needs of public and private organizations for effective environmental management.
The Division of Atmospheric Sciences receives research funding from a wide variety of federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private industry, universities, and foundations. Typically, over 100 funding sources sponsor DAS research within a single year. Federal government agencies generally provide the majority of DAS funding; these include NSF, DOE, DOD, DOI, NOAA, NASA, and EPA.
DAS supports the DRI mission through its research scientists, technologists, professional staff, graduate students, post doctoral researchers, and hourly employees. DAS is home to several major programs, including the renowned Western Regional Climate Center, the Nevada State Cloud Seeding Program, and the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications. DAS also supports various state-of-the-art laboratories including the high-elevation Storm Peak Laboratory.
DAS faculty members partner with the UNR Department of Physics to manage and teach the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program and Undergraduate Program. Students in the program study dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics, mesoscale modeling, fire weather and climate, atmospheric chemistry and instrument development.
Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.
Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.
Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
Expanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.
DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
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
Combining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.