Atmospheric Science Research Programs

CEFA: Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications

CEFA provides products and information related to climate, weather, fire and natural resources. The program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) is a partnership between the Desert Research Institute and federal land management agencies, and chartered with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fire Environment Committee. cefa.dri.edu

DRI Cloud Seeding Program

As a form of weather modification, wintertime cloud seeding is aimed at enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions to increase the snowpack, resulting in more spring runoff and water supplies in the surrounding areas. Our program focuses on the quantitative evaluation of winter storm cloud seeding using ultra trace chemical analysis of snow samples, atmospheric model simulations of seeding plume transport, and hydrologic modeling to estimate the additional runoff due to cloud seeding.

Storm Peak Laboratory

A permanent mountain-top facility, Storm Peak Laboratory (SPL), has been in existence in various forms for more than nineteen years. This facility provides a practical, easily accessible facility for researchers, teachers and students of all ages and abilities. stormpeak.dri.edu

Renewable Energy

Committed to discovering new economically and environmentally friendly energy production methods, DRI promotes renewables, works with industry and practices sustainable energy practices on each of our primary campuses.

WRCC: Western Regional Climate Center

The regional climate center program is equipped  to disseminate high quality climate data and information pertaining to the western United States; foster better use of this information in decision-making; conduct applied research related to climate issues; and improve the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales. wrcc.dri.edu