Science Express: Tsunami Risks – New Research 

Thu 3 Apr 20146.30pm–8pm
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Graham Leonard
Dr Graham Leonard. Image courtesy of GNS Science.
William Power
Dr William Power. Image courtesy of GNS Science.

In this month’s Science Express, geophysicist Dr William Power and natural hazards scientist Dr Graham Leonard discuss GNS Science’s new tsunami report.

In 2013, GNS scientists released new national hazard maps for tsunami. Why are some regions now thought to be at greater risk? How prepared are New Zealanders for an event that will probably take place at least once in our lifetimes?

You can access the full report, Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand (2013 Update), from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website.

Tsunami report 2013 – read more

About the speakers

Dr William Power is a tsunami scientist in the Tectonophysics Department at GNS Science, and the compiler of Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand (2013 Update). His research interests include the physics of tsunami generation, numerical modelling of tsunami, and methods for evaluating the threat from tsunami.

Dr Graham Leonard is a senior scientist within the Risk and Society Department. His particular research interests are Taupo Volcanic Zone and tsunami evacuation mapping, developing effective response to warning systems, and quantifying and mitigating the impacts of natural hazard events.