Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) is a distributed, multi-user, national facility that provides the natural hazards engineering community with state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NHERI enables researchers to explore and test ground-breaking concepts to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure lifelines from the impacts of earthquake, wind, and water hazards, enabling innovations to help prevent natural hazards from becoming societal disasters.

The research infrastructure includes earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, research data and expert personnel. When coupled with education and community outreach, NHERI will facilitate research and educational advances that contribute knowledge and innovation toward improving the resiliency of the nation's civil infrastructure to withstand natural hazards.

NHERI represents a collaboration between 11 NSF awards that support the following:

DesignSafe is the cyberinfrastructure component of the NHERI collaboration. DesignSafe embraces a “cloud” strategy for the “big data” generated in natural hazards engineering research. It supports research workflows, data curation and publication, and data analysis and visualization.

Network Coordination Office (NCO)
The Network Coordination Office organizes and works with the multi-hazards research community, leads education & outreach activities, coordinates scheduling for all experimental facilities within the community.

Experimental Facilities
To help better understand and resist the impacts of earthquake, wind and water hazards, NHERI provides a network of shared, state-of-the-art research facilities and tools located at universities around the country.

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter)
The goal of the SimCenter is to provide the natural hazards engineering research and education community with access to next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials.