Working to solve our most challenging environmental problems
DRI’s research calls on the expertise and methods of scientists from multiple scientific disciplines.
More than 400 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians, students, and staff work collaboratively within and across four research divisions, focused on understanding and answering critical science questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, the sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, education, and more.
Understanding air quality issues of regional, national, and planetary interest.
The study of human history and prehistory and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
Modeling, and predicting weather and climate at different spatial and temporal scales
Studying the complex interactions and distribution of living organisms on Earth and beyond.
Researching rock-water interactions that affect water quality and dissolved constituent transport.
DRI contains one of the most diverse Quaternary research programs worldwide.
Researching flow, heat and solute transport modeling activities in porous and fractured geologic media.
Health Effects of Pollution Exposure
Characterizing and quantifying air pollutants and evaluating the exposure of humans to air pollutants.
Groundwater resource evaluation, contaminant and reactive transport, and geochemical evolution.
Practical learning that incorporates place-based resources, active participation, and out-of-classroom educational opportunities.
The study of the atmosphere for weather processes and forecasting
Natural Resources Sustainability
Providing data and analysis to aid in land use planning, water management, environmental conservation, and community sustainability.
Professional Development for Educators
Providing advanced STEM training for teachers through hands-on workshops and informal learning opportunities.
Monitoring and analysis of Earth’s environments from a distance using images collected by aircraft or satellites.
Water Resource Management
Understanding the movement, consumption, and cycling of Earth’s surface waters and groundwater.
Enhancement and analysis of natural water supplies to support ecosystems and communities.