In a new study, Guo Yu, Ph.D., examined the most common drivers (rainfall, snowmelt, and rain-on-snow events) of historic floods and investigated the impact of different flood types on the resulting flood frequencies. Continue Reading Study Explores Uncertainties in Flood Risk Estimates
In May 2022, a team led by scientists from DRI in Reno, Nevada departed for Greenland, where they plan to collect a 440 meter-long ice core that will represent 4,000 years of Earth and human history. Continue Reading Field Notes From a DRI Research Team in Greenland: A Story Map
The Raiders Foundation has teamed up with DRI and Jobs 4 Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG) on “Tech Tomorrow” to help bridge the digital divide in Southern Nevada. Continue Reading Raiders Foundation Supports Students with NFL Foundation Digital Divide Grant
HELP of Southern Nevada and DRI honored the graduates of its 2022 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) STEM Force Program. Continue Reading HELP of Southern Nevada and DRI Recognize the 2022 STEM Force Graduates
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