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 600 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians, students, and staff work collaboratively within and across three research divisions and a STEM Education program, 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.
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
Integrating personal healthcare and environmental data with socioeconomic determinants.
Researching rock-water interactions that affect water quality and dissolved constituent transport.
Environmental and meteorological applications to predict temperatures, rainfall, and other variables.
Researching flow, heat and solute transport modeling activities in porous and fractured geologic media.
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.
Providing data and analysis to aid in land use planning, water management, environmental conservation, and community sustainability.
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.
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.