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Natural Hazards and Risks

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Natural hazards are part of New Zealand’s DNA – and climate change is increasing both the risks and the impacts of hazard events. Managing our increasing exposure to these natural hazards is critical to our future well-being and prosperity. GNS Science ensures our management of these risks is based on scientific evidence. Our extensive knowledge of earth sciences, companied with social science research into communication, resilience and preparedness, helps us span the full value chain of information.

What we do:

  • We provide better information about causes, frequency and consequences of hazard events, which will reduce risks
  • Our comprehensive modelling allows for better management of risks through land use planning, emergency response and investment in risk mitigation
  •  Early warning and forecasting reduces the impact of hazards on people and infrastructure
  • Our research is embedded in government policy so New Zealanders can plan and respond to natural hazards

Our stories and examples of our work

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Our database of more than 700 tsunami scenarios helps keep New Zealand and the Pacific safe

The National Geohazards Monitoring Centre Te Puna Mōrearea i te Rū is live

We work with Pacific nations to improve their geohazards monitoring and resilience

RiskScape is a world-leading risk modelling tool for New Zealand

High-profile landslides need our high-tech expertise

10 Years of the Natural Hazards Research Platform

We're proud to host the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature's Challenges

Gill Jolly

Theme leader: Gill Jolly
Gill is a volcanologist from the UK, who after researching magma physics for her PhD, started work at the British Geological Survey. After exploring for gold and base metals in the UK, Gill became involved in monitoring the eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat from 1995 to 2005.

In 2006 she moved to GNS Science where she led the Volcanology team through New Zealand and South West Pacific eruptions, and subsequently led the Natural Hazards Division through the response to the 2016 M7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake. Gill is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Forum and acts as a conduit between the natural hazards research community and senior decision-makers.