Prairie Research Institute


The Prairie Research Institute houses five state scientific surveys — Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS). The Institute was established in 2008 as the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Institute's mission is "to provide objective integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that assure sustainable economic development and enduring environmental quality for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois."

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  • Gatz, Donald F.; Changnon, Stanley A., Jr. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL, 1976-11)
    Climate was the most important factor in producing the Great Lakes we have today. Through glacial action during the Pleistocene Epoch, the surface topography, shape, and depth of Lake Michigan were determined. Today the ...


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  • Helfrich, John A.; St. Aubin, Jessica J. (1986-09)
    Modern agricultural practices continue to rely heavily on the use of herbicides and insecticides to maintain or increase crop yields. Past pesticide usage, especially of organochlorine compounds such as DDT, aldrin, ...


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  • Bogner, W. C.; Soong, T. W.; Bhowmik, Nani G. (Illinois State Water Survey, 1988-02)
    This report summarizes the data collected by the Illinois State Water Survey from the Ohio River to determine the physical impacts of navigation. The Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated the ...


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  • Miller, John M.; Stensland, Gary J.; Semonin, Richard G. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Research Laboratories, 1984-11)
    During the Hawaii Mesoscale Energy and Climate Project (HAMEC), a program of precipitation chemistry measurements was conducted using daily and sequential collection techniques. Determination of pH and conductivity were ...


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  • Ackerman, Bernice (Enivronmental Protection Agency, 1977-11)
    A field program was carried out in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis, MO during February and July of 1975 as part of the Regional Air Pollution Study (RAPS). The purpose of the program was to collect atmospheric ...


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