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Serious games helping tackle serious problems

Serious games helping tackle serious problems Example of a serious game

Serious games offer a playful yet powerful way for scientists, engineers, policy makers, and community members to find the best solutions to complex problems. Something seemingly as simple as deciding whether to rebuild a road damaged by coastal erosion requires a multitude of considerations, ranging from who and how many people depend on the road, […]

Science supports extreme weather response and recovery

Science supports extreme weather response and recovery 149997 kyle bland gns science

The Government has made $10.8 million available for urgent research and science services to aid the recent extreme weather response and recovery. Provided through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) the funding will be used to accelerate urgent scientific research and data collection to support the response to and recovery from the early-2023 […]

Resilience, te taiao and communities

Resilience, te taiao and communities te whare wānanga o awanuiārangi campus. credit caitlin carew

Whanake Te Kura i Tawhiti Nui Mātauranga Māori and Science Research Symposium with Mataatua community, Whakatāne, May 2023 By Caitlin Carew The beautiful Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiārangi campus sits underneath the distinctive bush-clad escarpment of Whakatāne. On a Wednesday morning in mid-May, after a day and night of heavy rain, the sun came out […]

Hesitancy and Uptake: Lessons from COVID-19

Hesitancy and Uptake: Lessons from COVID-19 covid vaccine pic2

There are many things we can do to help protect ourselves and our communities from natural hazards, but people are sometimes hesitant to engage in those actions. Dr Lauren Vinnell and colleagues at Massey University’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research investigated people in Aotearoa New Zealand’s intentions to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their work helps […]

Preparing rural-urban fringe communities for wildfire risk

Preparing rural-urban fringe communities for wildfire risk the mt iron community. credit scion

The Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts have been identified as having high wildfire risk, and they also have rapidly growing residential areas at the rural-urban fringe. The Mt Iron suburb at the edge of Wānaka exemplifies many of the issues of concern. More than 250 homes are built among highly flammable native kānuka vegetation. […]

Community spirit key to faster flood recovery

Community spirit key to faster flood recovery Drone capture of flooding in Kumeū-Huapai

The impacts of Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle caught many communities off guard, but for some these were just the latest in a series of extreme weather events that have caused landslides and floodwaters to inundate their roads, businesses, and homes. “Many people are still recovering,” says Anna-Kay Spaulding Agbenyegah, a PhD candidate at Massey University […]

A Decade of Dynamic Adaptive Decision-making tools in Aotearoa New Zealand

A Decade of Dynamic Adaptive Decision-making tools in Aotearoa New Zealand Wellington south coast storm 2013

Practice applications, lessons learned and next steps By Dr Judy Lawrence In early March, as impacted North Island communities and emergency responders cleaned up following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle, a symposium in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington marked 10 years since New Zealand introduced adaptive pathways planning approaches for addressing the reality of climate change. The […]

World-leading experiment into pyroclastic flows

World-leading experiment into pyroclastic flows A cloud of ash exiting the old boiler house as part of an experiment at the Pyroclastic flow Eruption Large-scale Experiment (PELE) facility at Massey University.

Pyroclastic Density Currents (PDCs) are ground-hugging clouds of super-heated volcanic ash, rock and gas that have a reputation for destroying everything in their path. Ranging from particle-dominated flows through to gas-dominated surges, PDC’s can be triggered by a range of volcanic events—not just large eruptions—and are responsible for more than a third of all volcano-related […]

Ensuring access to needle exchange services in disasters

Ensuring access to needle exchange services in disasters West Coast Needle Exchange frontage

By Caitlin Carew When we think of essential services during a disaster, things like clean water, food, medicines and emergency shelter come to mind.   But for a group of people who can often be relegated to the margins of society, continued access to needle exchange services is essential for their health and wellbeing.   […]

Relationships key to tsunami preparedness

Relationships key to tsunami preparedness Lucy and Kelvin

On Friday 5 March 2021, communities across the North Island were shaken awake by a M7.3 earthquake located 175km offshore, northeast of Gisborne. It was the first of three large earthquakes along the Kermadec Trench that morning, generating a series of overlapping tsunami that would arrive in New Zealand within hours and continue to generate […]

Multihazard Risk Model: Flooding Case Study Simulation

Multihazard Risk Model: Flooding Case Study Simulation 05 Multihazard Project 02

By Tim Davies, Case Study Project Leader, Multihazard Risk Programme. The Multihazard Risk Modelling (MRM) theme of the Resilience Challenge addresses the issues of modelling coincident and cascading hazards and their consequences, including their long-term and society-wide social and economic impacts. We use realistic scenario frameworks together with improved resilience investment business cases. The main […]

New Book: ‘Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning’

New Book: ‘Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning’ towards the perfect weather warning book cover

Two researchers from the Resilience Challenge, David Johnston (co-lead of Urban) and Sally Potter (co-lead of Weather & Wildfire) were recently co-authors on a new open-access book, titled ‘Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning’, edited by Brian Golding from the UK Met Office and published by Springer. The book discusses how to make weather warnings more […]

CRISiSLab brings people and technology together to enhance disaster management

CRISiSLab brings people and technology together to enhance disaster management some winners and alerting devices from crisislab challenge 2021

By Alicia Cui, CRISiSLab Head of Engagement and Marketing and Resilience Challenge Urban Theme Networking Lead You may have attended one of our CRISiSLab webinars or heard about one of our projects looking into the feasibility study of an Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) System in Aotearoa New Zealand. Yes, our CRISiSLab team has been doing […]

Natural hazards: Are international tourists prepared?

Natural hazards: Are international tourists prepared? A tourist information sign at Franz Joseph Glacier, providing daily updated information on hazards in the area.

By Aviva Cui How effective is current natural hazard communication? Do tourists understand it and are they prepared for natural hazards before travelling to a destination? The answer is complicated and depends on who you ask. Based on a case study from the West Coast, South Island of New Zealand, tourism providers would say no, […]

“Whānau-isation” the key to saving earthquake-prone marae

“Whānau-isation” the key to saving earthquake-prone marae Te Kainga Marae, Kilbirnie, Wellington

By Jenny Stein Amendments to the Building Act 2004, which came into effect on 1 July 2017, introduced the concept of ‘earthquake-prone buildings’ (EPBs). Defined as a building that achieves less than 34% of the New Building Standards (NBS), an EPB is estimated to pose a ten times greater risk to life in the event […]

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