Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

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Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
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Founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation, IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

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Iris Programs for the Collection and Distribution of Data Include


- a global seismographic network (gsn) of more than 150 permanent stations worldwide for observations of global earthquake activity,- a lending facility with more than 3,000 portable instruments (passcal) for temporary deployments in studies of earthquakes and earth structure,- data services (ds) which collects and archives all iris data,- an education & public outreach (epo) program which develops resources and materials for educational seismology, and- transportable and magnetotelluric arrays.


Omo, the ocean bottom seismograph instrument pool (obsip) management office.

Other Collaborative Projects Supporting Seismological Research Include


Glisn, a real-time sensor array of 25 stations in greenland for monitoring glacial earthquakes.


Doug Wiens Chair
Geoffrey Abers Vice-chair
Clifford Thurber Vice-chair
Michael West Secretary
Candy Shin Cfo/treasurer
Miaki Ishii Director
Andy Nyblade Director
Karen Fischer Director
Keith Koper Director
Zhigang Peng Director
Donna Shillington Director
Samantha Hansen Director
Vera Schulte-pelkum Director
Robert Detrick President
Timothy Ahern Director of Data Services
Robert Woodward Director of Instr Services
Robert Woolley Director of Program Support
Robert Busby Ta Manager
Kent Anderson Portable Program Mgr
Joseph Taber Director of Epo
Katrin Hafner Gsn Program Manager
Richard Benson Deputy Dir, Dmc Operations
Brent Evers Obsip Manager
Chad Trabant Deputy Director, Projects
Robin Morris Project Cost Controller
Source: IRS 990