CERM: Center for Environmental Remediation and Monitoring

CERMThe Center for Environmental, Restoration, and Monitoring (CERM), one of four interdisciplinary science centers at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), was created in 2003 as part of a generous gift to the Institute in honor of Frank H. Rogers, the first chief operating officer of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

CERM, originally designed to promote and build on DRI’s successful interdisciplinary research in environmental remediation and monitoring, now covers broad areas of environmental restoration, urban flood management, climate change impact on aquatic systems, eco-hydrology, and ecological engineering in the United States and abroad.


  • Facilitate interdisciplinary research across DRI's three divisions (Hydrologic Sciences, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, and Atmospheric Sciences).

  • Collaborate with other universities and research institutions, national laboratories, and private industries; and partner with land and resource management agencies.

  • Develop technologies, strategies, and approaches that address environmental remediation, restoration, and public health concerns in innovative and long lasting ways.

  • Explore research topics in new and developing fields, and develop research projects in other countries to expand DRI’s capabilities, research portfolio, available funding sources, and network.

Research Focus Areas
Although many CERM-sponsored research projects and programs have touched on or are addressing more than one, the center has sought opportunities in the following research focus areas:

  • Addressing restoration of altered, destroyed or degraded ecosystems to provide ecosystem services or mitigate risk from natural forces.

  • Assessing the impacts of and evaluating the removal of invasive species in aquatic systems, riparian zones, and grasslands.

  • Evaluating water quality and nonpoint water pollution sources in urban areas and wildlands.

  • Evaluating the impacts of wildfire on soils, the anthropogenic induced changing characteristics of wildfire, and how wildfire impact NNSC long-term management and environmental resources in the southwestern US.

  • Developing novel methods and strategies for environmental remediation, monitoring, and restoration of contaminated sites or natural resources.

  • Developing long-term stewardship (LTS) or legacy management of waste storage or disposal sites, or where contamination is left in place or is infeasible to remove.