Wildfires Are Increasingly Burning California’s Snowy Landscapes and Colliding with Winter Droughts to Shrink California’s Snowpack
A DRI-led team examined what happens to mountain snowpacks when sunny, midwinter dry spells occur in forests impacted by severe wildfire. Continue Reading Wildfires Are Increasingly Burning California’s Snowy Landscapes and Colliding with Winter Droughts to Shrink California’s Snowpack
Lynn Fenstermaker: Celebrating a Career in Ecological Remote Sensing and NASA Space Grant Leadership
Lynn Fenstermaker, Ph.D., recently retired from DRI after 32 years. She studied large-scale questions about environmental stressors. Continue Reading Lynn Fenstermaker: Celebrating a Career in Ecological Remote Sensing and NASA Space Grant Leadership
Erick Bandala’s student interns studied ways to filter excess fluorides from drinking water during the fall 2022 semester. Continue Reading DRI Opens Doors to Careers in Scientific Research with Student Internship Program
Researchers found that urbanization and climate change are changing the strength and seasonality of flooding in the Las Vegas region. Continue Reading A Changing Flood Recipe for Las Vegas
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