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Team members working on field equipment.

The Project


On September 1, 2008, NSHE received an award of $15 million from NSF EPSCoR (Cooperative Agreement No. EPS-0814372). The five-year award funds science, education, and outreach infrastructure at UNR, UNLV, DRI, NSC, and NSHE's community colleges for the study of climate change and its effects on Nevada. Per the project proposal, the funds received were allocated to create a statewide interdisciplinary program that is stimulating transformative research, education, and outreach on the effects of regional climate change to ecosystem services (particularly water resources) and supports the use of this knowledge by policy makers and stakeholders.

Toward those ends, the majority of the funds from the project have and are being distributed in the following ways:

Physical Infrastructure

Infrastructure funds are utilized to purchase items that can be utilized over longer periods of time and provide functionality to researchers, scientists, and project components. Expenditures have been made for:

Human Infrastructure

In addition to leveraging the existing talents of members at participating institutions, these new positions have been created to increase and enhance the capabilities of the project as a whole:

Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Reno

Education and Outreach

Developments focused on education and community outreach take many forms. Activities undertaken as a part of this project range from the creation of new educational courses to the involvement of local small businesses.

Educational Courses / Programs

Research Positions

Outreach Activities

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