Water, energy and communication systems; buildings, tunnels and industrial facilities; and national security all depend on their ability to withstand natural forces.  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. NSF's NHERI Experimental Facilities allow researchers to test ground-breaking concepts to protect our infrastructure against natural hazards, and enable innovations that help prevent natural hazards from becoming societal disasters. A single hazard event can bring several dangers: hurricane winds can generate wind damage and storm surge, and earthquakes can cause shaking damage but also trigger tsunamis and landslides.  The broad collection of experimental facilities allow all of these multi-hazards to be investigated.

Data Management Plan: For researchers submitting proposals to use the Experimental Facilities via the NSF ENH program, you may download this guidance for your required data management plan:

DesignSafe Data Management Plan Guidance

The Facility Scheduling Dashboard allows researchers and facilities to centrally manage the use of assets and allocations.

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 Laboratory: Terraformer Wind Tunnel and full-scale destructive testing for extreme wind events

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

RAPID Natural Hazards Reconnaissance

Explore the post-disaster RAPID response facility at the University of Washington.