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DRI and Italian researchers collaborate to share climate science expertise

Las Vegas, Nevada – (March 3, 2017): The Desert Research Institute (DRI) this week hosted leaders from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) at its Las Vegas campus to launch an international research collaboration focused on sharing knowledge and technologies relevant to climate science, hydrology, and renewable energy.

Initially conceived during the 2015 Nevada Governor’s Trade Mission to Europe, the five-year cooperative agreement creates a series of workshops, field opportunities, faculty and student exchanges, and the sharing of technology and best practices between Nevada’s top environmental researchers and Italian scientists and engineers.

This unique collaboration, facilitated and led by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), showcases DRI’s unique research capabilities and builds on the Institute’s long-standing reputation as a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and new technologies, said Alan Gertler, DRI Vice President of Research and Chief Science Officer.

“Nevada has a lot of knowledge to share with Italy,” Gertler added. “And conversely, the Italians have great expertise and experience in renewable technologies with a focus on geothermal and climate science, which can significantly enhance our knowledge-base and our state’s renewable energy portfolio.”

Nevada-based research teams will work with IMELS staff, and faculty and students from the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change Foundation (CMCC), a non-profit research institution similar to DRI, dedicated to studying Earth’s climate system and its interactions with society and the environment.

“We are very excited to begin working with Nevada,” said Francesco La Camera, director general of the IMELS. “Specifically, DRI’s knowledge in the areas of urban flood mitigation, climate modeling, and climate data collection and analysis.”

IMELS has bilateral collaboration agreements with more than 60 countries around the world, but Nevada is the first US state it is collaborating with, La Camera added.


Photo Caption: From Left - Mridul Gautam, VPR UNR; Kumud Acharya, DRI; Monia Santini, CMCC; Carolyn Yucha, UNLV Acting VPR; Rina Schumer, AVPR DRI; Jim Thomas, Exec. Dir. of Hydrology, DRI; Kristopher Sanchez, GOED; Dott. Franceso La Camera, Director General, IMELS; Alan Gertler, VPR/CSO DRI; Cristiano Piacente, IMELS; Federico Mannoni, IMELS; Markus Berli, DRI. 


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