Information and communications technology for disaster management projects which the Natural Hazards Inc. cluster are already involved in or have completed include:

Commonwealth RANET (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: June 2005
The Commonwealth RANET (Radio Internet) Communications-Tuvalu project is a wide-ranging communications project designed to significantly enhance communications capability between Tuvalu's meteorological offices, the international forecast centres and, most importantly its atoll communities and the end-users. Its main objective is to improve meteorological communications and early warning of natural hazards capability. The technology is leading-edge, yet cost-effective and sustainable. An automatic weather and climate station is included for Tuvalu's only secondary school at Vaitupu where students will be able learn meteorology and see first-hand the effect of weather on their communities.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
Associated consultant(s): None

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RANET Communications Niue (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: March 2005
The Niue RANET (Radio Internet) Communications project provided two Community FM radio station systems for Hakupu and Liku Villages, Niue together with a HF radio digital email system at the meteorological office. This enhanced the emergency satellite digital email system that MetService had already installed following Tropical Cyclone Heta. The project's objective was to improve the availability of emergency information to the end users in the communities. An important benefit was that the Community FM radio stations are owned and operated by the communities and can be used for any social, educational, entertainment purpose as the community wishes.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

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Tsunami Hazards, Risk and Preparedness for Viet Nam (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: April 2007
With support from NZAID, GNS Science has recently completed a two-year project that aims to minimise the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis in Viet Nam. Such natural hazard events, although infrequent, leave developing communities particularly vulnerable to poverty. Through the project, funded by NZAID’s Asia Development Assistance Facility, GNS Science worked with its partner organisation in Viet Nam, the Institute of Geophysics (IGP), to build the IGP’s capacity to complete a tsunami hazard assessment for the 3,400km coast line of Viet Nam, as well as a ‘case-study’ tsunami vulnerability assessment for a part of the coast that is rapidly developing.
Lead company: GNS Science
Associated consultant(s): CPG

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