Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

West Lafayette,  IN 
United States
  • Booth: Exhibitor

NHERI is a distributed, shared-use facility that provides the natural hazards engineering community with state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Funded by 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.


NHERI Overview Video

 Show Specials

  • Throughout the AGU Fall Meeting, NHERI researchers and educators will be available for formal and informal meetings. Highlights include:

    • NHERI@UTexas workshop. This session highlights the use of hydraulic mobile shakers available for geophysical and seismological research. Dec 3, 4-5pm (CST). Register here.

 Press Releases


    Natural Hazards Researchers Offer Networking Sessions at 2020 AGU Fall Meeting

    NHERI faculty to hold virtual meetings Dec. 1-17

    West Lafayette, IN, Nov. 23, 2020 — Representatives of the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, will be available for formal and informal virtual meetings at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting, December 1 though 17.

    Researchers across engineering, science, and social science disciplines leverage NHERI facilities to test and validate civil infrastructure resilience to hurricanes and other windstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surge, and coastal flooding.

    NHERI resources

    NHERI experimental resources include wind laboratorieswind tunnelslarge centrifuges, a center for computational simulation and modelinghybrid simulation laboratories, large field shaker truckslarge wave flume and wave basin labs, the largest outdoor shake table in the nation, and equipment for RAPID reconnaissance deployments. The NHERI CONVERGE center provides resources and support for ethical interdisciplinary research in the field of natural hazards.

    In addition, NHERI’s DesignSafe cyberinfrastructure serves as a hub for experimental data and simulation. All NHERI facilities also offer numerous avenues for learning, including webinars, workshops, software training and researcher training. NHERI’s research experiences for undergraduates (REU) program is unparalleled, and its Summer Institute for early career faculty is one-of-a-kind.

    Subject matter expertise

    NHERI faculty researchers and educators have extensive subject-matter expertise and experience leading NSF-funded projects.

    Throughout the AGU Fall Meeting, facility representatives look forward to chatting, networking and exchanging ideas with prospective researchers, collaborators and partners, students — and others interested in mitigating damage caused by natural disasters. Exhibitor booth visitors may:

    Find the NHERI booth in the AGU Fall Meeting exhibitor list, or search for NHERI in the virtual meeting hall. The booth will be staffed Dec. 1-17, Monday through Friday. Optimum AGU times are as follows:

    11:00am–12:00pm ET
    1:00–1:30pm ET
    6:00–7:00pm ET


    Dan Zehner
    NHERI AGU administrator


    About NHERI

    The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, is a 12-node network of shared-use experimental facilities and centers. NHERI researchers are dedicated to reducing damage and loss-of-life due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, windstorms, tsunamis and storm surge. NHERI’s DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure provides the engineering and social science communities with state-of-the-art computing resources needed to meet the research challenges of the 21st century. NHERI is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, including the Network Coordination Office, #1612144.

    About the National Science Foundation

    The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.



  • NHERI Impact 2020
    The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, has published "NHERI Impact 2020," a 70-page, illustrated collection of research articles describing high-impact research projects enabled by NHERI experimental facilities....

  • The book features a wide range of NSF-funded projects that will mitigate structural and societal damage from earthquakes, hurricanes and windstorms, storm surge, flooding and tsunami waves. To date, researchers, students, educators and practitioners have collaborated on nearly 100 multi-year, multi-investigator projects — funded by NSF and other sources.