Multihazard Case Study

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Multihazard Case Study

State Active
Duration 2019 – 2024
Budget / Funding $911000
Project Leader(s)
Tim Davies
University of Canterbury


For the utility and reliability of the new statistical and computer modelling techniques developed in the Multi-hazard forecasting and impact modelling project to be confirmed by detailed testing on a representative case study.

Project description

Future resilience planners and decision-makers will need complete confidence in the reliability of the multi-hazard modelling we are developing if they are to use them as a basis for mitigating natural hazards. We aim to give them that confidence by applying our models to a detailed case study.

Our case study project examines the causes of flooding in the Tarawera/Rangitaiki river system, the impact of resulting hazards, and the effect of river control structures on flood inundation hazard. We chose flooding for the case study because it can be caused by various overlapping or cascading events e.g., rainstorms, sediment build-up, or landslides, and is a good example of a high frequency but relatively low impact hazard.

Working with our stakeholders and partners in central and local government as well as hapū and iwi, we are testing the multi-hazard models along with similar research by the Volcano programme. In this testing, we are overlaying the hazards of flooding with those caused by volcanic activity to quantify the likely impacts on infrastructure, the local economy and communities, and consider the options available to resilience planners.

Resource Outputs from this project


Multi-Hazard Risk Model, Flooding Case Study: Selection of River System and Potential Hazard Cascades

Davies T, Mead S, Bebbington M, Dunant A, Harmsworth G, Harte D, Harvey E, Paulik R, McDonald G, Smith N, et al. 2020. Multi-hazard risk…

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