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Native Waters on Arid Lands project holds DRI Youth Day and Tribal Summit

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Native Waters on Arid Lands youth day participants arrive at DRI campusOn a Monday morning in mid-October, several small groups of students from Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School gathered around tables inside of a conference room at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, sketching ideas, visions, and plans of what they want life on Earth to look like for future generations. 

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Airborne Systems Research and Environmental Testing at DRI

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Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. In this blog, watch a video and learn more about how DRI researchers are developing UAS applications for wildland fire research. Jayne Boehmler and Kellen Nelson in the field OR Oct 2018Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. Using UAS technology, they're developing innovative smoke sampling techniques for use over live wildland fires.

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Meet Henry Sun, Ph.D.

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Sun1 squareHenry Sun, Ph.D., is an associate research professor of microbiology with the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas. Henry specializes in the study of microscopic organisms that live in extreme environments, often using specimens from here on earth to learn about possibilities for life on Mars. He is originally from China, and has a bachelor's degree in botany...

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DRI faculty teach water, sanitation, hygiene, and environmental issues courses in eSwatini (Swaziland)

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WASH 1 squareIn August and early September, several faculty members from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) found themselves far from home – teaching courses in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and environmental issues in the Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, a small country nestled along South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique.

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DRI researchers share projects with Nevada water resources professionals at state-wide symposium

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Justin Huntington at NWRA Fall Meeting 2018 squareSeveral DRI researchers reported on recent projects at the Nevada Water Resources Association (NWRA) Fall Symposium in Reno this week. They were among engineers, resource managers, water rights professionals, and other stakeholders from across Nevada brought together by NWRA to discuss current water resource management topics, research and technology development, and legal issues related to water in the state.

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Secrets of Successful Solar

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Sky imaging instrumentCredit Eric Wilcox SQUARESolar energy can only be generated when the sun is shining, so to guarantee a reliable source of electricity requires using power from other sources when the sun goes down or clouds shade solar panels. “This poses both a technical and an economic challenge,” says DRI's Eric Wilcox, Ph.D. “How can we design systems so that solar power is maximized and backup power generation is minimized?”

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Meet Nina Oakley, Ph.D.

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Oakley squareNina Oakley, Ph. D., is an assistant research professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV, and a regional climatologist with the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Nina specializes in the study of atmospheric conditions that lead to extreme landscape events such as debris flows, landslides, flooding, and avalanches. She is originally from California...

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