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Active Landscapes 2012-13

An image taken after Feb 22, 2011 showing rockfall in the Port Hills.

The active landscapes team continues to focus on risk mitigation strategies through understanding landslide initiation and movement processes. Our work on earthquake-induced mass (slope) movements has received considerable attention. The Platform funded a short term recovery project to investigate Port Hills cliff collapse and rock fall, with additional support supplied by the Christchurch City Council and CERA. These reports are available on Christchurch City Council’s website. The data from Christchurch will inform our understanding of how slopes in the Wellington region may respond to strong ground shaking. This latest body of work has been funded by the Platform, and supports the research activities of two PhD students and two M.Sc students at the University of Canterbury.

Our international collaborations continue to be successful. The University of Durham’s Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience is collaborating in our revisit of historical earthquakes, such as the 1929 Murchison and 1968 Inangahua earthquakes, both of which triggered landslides over large areas. Our research collaboration with the Landslide Research Centre, Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, Japan enables us to use their state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to provide new insights into landslide deformation in the Port Hills.

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