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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.

Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

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
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

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

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

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

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

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
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.