IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology)


IRIS is a world leader in advancing discovery, research, and education in seismology to understand our planet and to benefit society.

The mission of the IRIS Consortium, its members, and affiliates is to:

  • Facilitate investigations of seismic sources and Earth properties using seismic and other geophysical methods.
  • Promote exchange of seismic and other geophysical data and knowledge through the use of standards for network operations and data formats, and through pursuing policies of free and unrestricted data access.
  • Foster cooperation among IRIS members, affiliates, and other organizations in order to advance seismological research and education, expand the diversity of the geoscience workforce, and improve Earth science literacy in the general public.


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