The Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) conducts basic and applied research and provides services related to air quality and associated health risks, cloud and aerosol physics, atmospheric chemistry, climate, renewable energy, fire science, and atmospheric dynamics.
DAS researchers develop instrumentation for observations from the ground, unmanned and human-piloted aircraft, and satellites in addition to techniques for observational programs. Inorganic and organic chemistry laboratories provide trace analysis of atmospheric pollutants, supporting assessments of human impacts on air quality. The Division has extensive capabilities in numerical modeling of atmospheric and air pollution processes for meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, precipitation processes, atmospheric chemistry, aerosol formation, visibility assessments, urban air quality, and transport of pollutants in complex terrain.
DAS personnel operate primarily from office and laboratory facilities in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. Faculty and staff maintain $30-40 million in active projects for federal, state, and local governments, Tribes, private industry, foundations, and universities.
As part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, DAS faculty administer and teach in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where students conduct their research under the supervision of DAS faculty while working toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
Our Research Areas
Characterization of pollutants
Climatology and meteorology
Modeling of the atmosphere
Exposure health effects
Our Faculty and Staff
Meet the people doing Atmospheric Science research and innovation at DRI.
Our Research Partners
Department of Energy
Department of Defense
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
National Science Foundation
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Nevada Division of State Lands
City of Reno
Nevada Tahoe Conservation District
Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Southern Nevada Water Authority
Clean Air Task Force
Naresh Kumar, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512