iHARP Vision

iHARP advances our understanding of the response of polar regions to climate change and its global impacts by deeply integrating data science and polar science to spur physics-informed, data-driven discoveries.

iHARP Mission

iHARP conducts data intensive research, education, outreach, and cyberinfrastructure development that will transform understanding of the effects of climate change in polar regions. This institute brings together stakeholders and leading scholars in data science and polar science to reduce uncertainties in projecting Greenland and Antarctica’s future mass balance, associated sea-level rise, and impacts on global communities.

NSF Investment

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) is one of the 10 “Big Ideas” identified by the U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF), long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see). NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. The U.S. National Science Foundation has invested over $70 million to establish five NSF HDR (Harnessing the Data Revolution) Institutes. The HDR Institutes to be established by the investment for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of research domains. The HDR Institutes will lead innovation by harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis. The HDR Institutes will support convergence between science and engineering research communities as well as expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications, and cyberinfrastructure. In addition, the HDR Institutes will enable breakthroughs in science and engineering through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches to address critical national challenges.

iHARP is an inaugural NSF HDR Institute.