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Education & Outreach

For higher education students, DRI provides a learning environment strongly focused on collaborative, interdisciplinary research. DRI faculty members participate in Atmospheric and Hydrologic Science academic programs with the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College. Students conduct their research at DRI while earning their degrees through the universities.

DRI is also committed to Nevada's K-12 education system and the professional development of its teachers. DRI emphasizes "teaching the teachers" so they can bring real world knowledge back into their classrooms.

DRI Educational Programs

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate ProgramStudents in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program study dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics, mesoscale modeling, fire weather and climate, atmospheric chemistry and instrument development.

Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

Hydrologic Sciences Graduate ProgramConsistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Hydrology and Hydrogeology.

Water Resources Management Graduate Program

Water Resources Management ProgramThe Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues leading to a M.S. degree.


GreenPowerGreenPower supports Nevada’s preK-12 educators in science-based environmental education by providing free tools, resources, and curriculum. As advocates for science-based environmental education, GreenPower aims to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth’s environment, preservation of diverse ecosystems, and responsible resource management.

Storm Peak Lab Programs

DRI Storm Peak Lab Educational ProgramsEducational programs at Storm Peak Lab include graduate field work in Atmospheric Sciences, the Geoscience Research at Storm Peak (GRASP) program providing field research experiences for diverse undergraduate students, and a 5th and 6th grade weather and climate program.

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.