DAS News

DRI launches “Fire Stories” wildfire behavior study

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RENO - Researchers at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute want to hear your wildfire stories, and they’ve provided an app for your smartphone to do it. 

As part of a research collaborative with the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application (RD&A) program, the newly launched “Fire Stories”project is an effort to understand extreme and unexpected wildfire behavior through human experience. Read press release...


DRI research team discovers new type of soot particle from wildfire emissions

DRI research team discovers new type of soot particle from wildfire emissionsIn a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, a team of scientists led by Rajan Chakrabarty, Ph.D from the DRI report the observation of a previously unrecognized form of soot particle, identified by the authors as "superaggregates," from wildfire emissions.

A new understanding of the North American monsoon

070913-monsoonScientists at DRI are developing and testing new ideas that could ultimately help predict the kinds of extreme summer weather that has occurred across the U.S., such as the all-time high temperatures recorded in numerous Western cities in June, Arizona’s deadly wildfires and last year’s drought in the Midwest.

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PBS NewsHour report highlights DRI dust research to understand how devastating Valley Fever fungus spreads

61813-piswerl-pbsUsing a dust detection device patented by Desert Research Institute scientists, Dr. Vic Etyemezian and George Nikolich have the ability to identify how an air-borne disease known as Valley Fever is spread.

DRI Researchers present at EPSCoR Western Tri-State Consortium

Discussions to focus on engaging communities in science and research

LAS VEGAS – In a candid dialogue about climate change, researchers from the Desert Research Institute are speaking at the two-day EPSCoR Western Tri-State Consortium conference. The workshop will highlight how scientists and policy makers’ will work together to accommodate climate change in their future planning and research initiatives. Read Full Press Release...

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
2014 Medalist - Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin
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.