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. IRIS is governed according to By-laws.
IRIS is a world leader in advancing discovery, research, and education in seismology to understand our planet and to benefit society.
(updated by the IRIS Board, November 2015)
The mission of the IRIS Consortium, its members, and affiliates is to:
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.