Weather and Wildfire
Dr Sally Potter
Dr Richard Turner
Improving Aotearoa New Zealand’s resilience to high impact weather and wildfire
High impact weather, including heavy rain, heavy snow and strong winds plus associated risks such as wildfire, flooding and landslides, has significant adverse impacts on Aotearoa New Zealand. To enhance resilience to these extreme events, our multidisciplinary research in conjunction with stakeholders and Māori partners, will create new fine-scaled physical datasets of extreme weather, and a more comprehensive and collective understanding of the impacts on communities, infrastructure and economic activity. Our research will also investigate practical, cost effective and socially acceptable mitigation methods, leading to enhanced national resilience.
We will create hazard models of extreme weather events over time and space scales not previously available in New Zealand.
We will use three extreme scenarios (ex-tropical cyclone, wildfire, extreme winter storm) to quantify the multi-component affects (wind, flood, snow, landslide, rural fire, etc) on infrastructure, buildings and communities.
We will develop more effective weather hazard mitigation, including communication strategies, via in-depth case-study research on risk perception and warning behaviours.
Why impacts should be the focus of hazardous weather warnings
Weather & Wildfire newsletter: September 2020
Catch up on the latest news and research from the Weather and Wildfire team, in our inaugural newsletter! With research spotlights on meteorological modelling for an ex-tropical cyclone hitting Auckland, and wildfire in the south.
Q&A with Dr Richard Turner
Meet Dr Richard Turner of NIWA who co-leads our Weather and Wildfire programme. Richard has been a meteorologist at NIWA for nearly 25 years, specialising in modelling of wind and its impacts.
Student profile: Sara Harrison
Sara hails from Ontario, Canada and severe weather has always impacted her life. Now she is embarking on her PhD, carrying out research to contribute to a fairly new type of weather warning system: impact-based forecasts and warnings.
Q&A with Dr Sally Potter
We talk to Dr Sally Potter of GNS Science, who co-leads our Weather and Wildfire programme. We find out how Sally came to specialise in hazard warnings, and about an award-winning project looking at aftershock warnings.