Our stories

Getting better prepared for the threat of tsunamis

Our tsunami scientists have developed a database of more than 700 tsunami scenarios and maps that can be used for tsunami warning purposes for New Zealand. The database consists of modelled seafloor earthquakes in subduction zones right around the Pacific Rim capable of producing a tsunami of one metre or greater at the New Zealand coast.

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre goes live

A new purpose-built facility hosted by GNS Science is providing enhanced around-the-clock monitoring of major geological hazards to help keep New Zealanders safe.

Improving geohazards monitoring and resilience in the Pacific

GNS Science is the go-to specialist in geohazards monitoring in the Southwest Pacific. We take pride in our role of helping New Zealand be a good neighbour in the Pacific.

Science brought to life in cutting-edge exhibition

As a founding partner of New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, we were excited to contribute our worldleading expertise to the museum’s new $11 million nature exhibition.

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

With our project partners NIWA and the Earthquake Commission (EQC), we are further developing a world-leading software tool for modelling natural hazard risks. Known as RiskScape, the open access software enables users to assess risk to buildings, infrastructure and people from natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods.

Earthquake ground shaking in Wellington

Some mid-rise buildings in central Wellington experienced significant damage because of the magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake in 2016.

High-profile landslides, high-tech expertise

GNS Science’s landslide expertise was called on in two high-profile events this year: the Cape Kidnappers cliff collapse in Hawke’s Bay and the Kaiwhata landslide dam in Wairarapa.

10 years - Natural Hazards Research Platform

This year was the final year of the Natural Hazards Research Platform — a programme of work established in 2009 by the New Zealand Government to provide long-term funding for natural hazard research, and to help researchers and end-users work more closely together.

Resilience to Nature's Challenges

GNS Science hosts Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, one of 11 National Science Challenges established to tackle big issues that affect all New Zealanders.