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Research Highlights 2015-16

A photographic illustration that conveys the range of natural hazards covered by RiskScape software.

Graphic: Darren D'Cruz, GNS Science

RiskScape began in 2004 with pilot studies in Westport, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch, taking the software from proof of concept to operability. Now this initial modelling based on earthquakes, river floods, tsunami, windstorms, and volcanic ashfall has been expanded to include secondary perils such as the liquefaction. In addition, volcanic ballistics, lava and pyroclastic surge have been included making RiskScape one of the only global risk models to model losses from multiple volcanic hazards

RiskScape projects have been used by local government for risk-based land use plannining, and earlier in the year RiskScape modelling provided key data for a report on sea level rise released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (LINK).

While the global risk insurance industry has a selection of models to choose from, only RiskScape provides a New Zealand–centric focus. Here, we highlight how RiskScape is being utilised to understand hazard and risk from events in Chile, Japan, and New Zealand.

RiskScape is co-led by GNS Science and NIWA in collaboration with NZ universities and the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

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Last updated 19 Sep 2016