NHERI Experimental Facilities


Each year, natural hazards in the U.S. cause hundreds of deaths, disrupt the social and economic fabric of our communities, and cost billions of dollars in damage. To render our nation and its infrastructure more resilient, NSF has funded the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI.

NHERI’s eight Experimental Facilities support innovative investigations for mitigating damage caused by hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, wind storms, storm surge, and flooding. Find details below about these shared-use laboratories, located at universities across the country.

Quicklinks for Researchers

Researchers with the NSF ECI program can find details about the required data management plan here: DesignSafe Data Management Plan Guidance.

Facilities Listing

Lehigh University

Real-Time Multi-Directional (RTMD) Experimental Facility with Large-Scale Hybrid Simulation Testing Capabilities

University of Texas at Austin

Experimental equipment site specializing in dynamic in-situ testing using large-scale mobile shakers

University of California, Davis

Center for Geotechnical Modeling (CGM)

University of Florida

The Powell Lab: Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Experimental Facility

Florida International University

The Wall of Wind: Full-scale Hurricane Wind Testing Facility


University of California, San Diego

Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table (LHPOST)


Oregon State University

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory


National Full-Scale Testing Infrastructure for Community Hardening in Extreme Wind, Surge, and Wave Events