About Us


A NASA-generated, high definition image of the Earth from space primarily showing North and Central America, the Gulf of Mexica, the Pacific Ocean, and swirling clouds.Our planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust — scientists call it “the Critical Zone.” This shell, reflected in DENIN’s logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees down to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band where land, air, and water meet and interact.

At DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work at the intersections of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.

The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that underpins sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.


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