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.
IRIS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with its primary headquarters office located in Washington, DC.
(adopted by the IRIS Board, June 2006)
The mission of the IRIS Consortium, its members, and affiliates is to:
- Facilitate and conduct geophysical investigations of seismic sources and Earth properties using seismic and other geophysical methods.
- Promote exchange of geophysical data and knowledge, through use of standards for network operations, data formats, and exchange protocols, and through pursuing policies of free and unrestricted data access.
- Foster cooperation among IRIS members, affiliates, and other organizations in order to advance geophysical research and convey benefits from geophysical progress to all of humanity.
IRIS management is provided through a small staff headquartered in Washington, DC. IRIS facilities are primarily operated through member universities and in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. A Board of Directors and several standing committees provide IRIS with advice on managing its facilities.
Support for IRIS comes from the National Science Foundation (including the EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program, EarthScope, and Office of Polar Programs), other federal agencies, universities, and private foundations.