Cyclones are huge rotating storms which spiral about a low pressure centre. Those that form in the tropics may also be called hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms, and tropical depressions, depending on their size and intensity. The main hazards associated with tropical cyclones are wind gusts and heavy rainfall, but considerable coastal erosion and storm surges can also happen. Community preparedness, engineering solutions and land-use planning can significantly reduce cyclone impacts.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

Any cyclone preparedness plan first begins with an assessment of the hazard and risk your region faces. For this, Natural Hazards New Zealand can undertake hazard vulnerability studies; damage and loss assessment modelling; and economic impact studies. When your region’s cyclone hazard and risk has been assessed, we at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that good emergency response planning; land-use planning/engineering solutions; and community awareness can reduce cyclone impacts. And if the worst does happen we can help project manage your community’s rebuilding. As you will see from our cyclone-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives. If your region does not have cyclone plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ cyclones projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on cyclones:


GNS Science

Massey University/GNS Science - Joint Centre for Disaster Research

URS New Zealand Ltd