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As the Earth’s environment continues to change, the need for creative scientific solutions and the application of innovative technologies becomes increasingly important to ensure a balanced future, one that recognizes the need to utilize and maintain those natural systems that sustain humanity around the globe. Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world.
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Research at DRI calls on the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. More than 550 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.
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