University of Canterbury, Natural Hazards Research Centre

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Phone:+64 (3) 364 2766
Fax:+64 (3) 364 2769
Postal Address: James Cole
University of Canterbury, Natural Hazards Research Centre
Professor Jim Cole
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

The Natural Hazards Research Centre is based in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. It was established in 1997 to:

  • Promote and undertake high quality research in the broad field of natural hazards, including physical process, hazard assessmet and mitigation.
  • Develop and foster national and international collaborative links, and promote data exchange.
  • Enhance teaching and research in natural hazard at the University of Canterbury.
  • Increase public awareness and education about natural hazards and their effects on the New Zealand economic and social environment.

The Centre has research programmes related to studies of active tectonics and earthquakes, landscape evolution modelling, land-use planning, urban vulnerability to volcanic eruptions, surveillance of active volcanoes and health risk from eruptions.

The Department of Geological Sciences has strong research programmes in natural hazards, particularly in active tectonics and earthquakes, landslide hazard and mitigation and volcanic surveillance of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. Staff and postgraduate research projects have continued to attract increasing levels of funding from external organisations, and have also been strongly supported by the University of Canterbury research grants. Collaborative links with other New Zealand and overseas reserach groups have formed and continue to strengthen. The Department is now recognised both nationally and internationally in terms of its published research contribution, as well as participation in conferences and workshops, and in terms of increasing public awareness and education.