Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas

Make Better Decisions

The Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas is one of a number of online mapping and data tools for natural resource planning, management, and research developed by the Natural Resources Research Institute and partner agencies.

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  • (800) 234-0054

NRRI Duluth - Labs and Administration
(218) 788-2694
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811
Coleraine Labs - Minerals and Metalurgy Labs
(218) 667-4201
PO Box 188
One Gayley Avenue
Coleraine, MN 55722
NRRI delivers applied research solutions to balance our economy, resources, and environment for resilient communities.

About NRRI

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth is a non-profit applied research organization with research facilities located in Duluth and Coleraine, Minnesota.

Employing over 140 scientists, engineers and technicians, NRRI performs applied research to develop and deliver the understanding and tools needed to utilize the state's resources in a balanced and responsible manner.

Our Research Teams:
NRRI provides research and development tools and data to stakeholders in the following areas:

NRRI Impact:
In FY 2018 NRRI worked with more than 80 regional clients, ranging from small and mid-size businesses to government and nonprofit entities.


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April 4, 2019

NRRI helps inventor develop compostable food trays using local recycled paper pulp to reduce food service plastics.

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April 3, 2019

Climate change scenarios spur community-wide discussion of how Duluth can respond to impacts -- from infrastructure to economics.

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February 28, 2019

NE MN is now captured in an online Natural Resources Atlas to allow access to hundreds of layers of data.

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