In order to leverage scientific and intellectual resources in the region, our faculty scientists collaborate with many partnering institutions such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the EROS Data Center, and with several Tribal Colleges, including Sinte Gleska and Oglala Lakota Colleges. Unique facilities associated with these collaborations include a tethered balloon system operated by department students and scientists for observing atmospheric chemistry profiles, and ground and aircraft-based LIDAR systems owned and operated by OLC and a local business enterprise, respectively. In addition, our students often serve as interns at the local National Weather Service Office, located adjacent to campus and linked to our department through a fiberoptic cable.
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