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Chris MasseyEngineering Geologist

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Engineering Geology

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  • MSc, DIC Engineering Geology
  • BSc, Hons, Geology
  • PhD, Engineering Geology

Areas of expertise

  • Geology: Landslide Hazard Assessment
  • Geology: Engineering Geology
  • Geology: Engineering Geomorphology
  • Geology: Landslide Processes
  • Geology: Earthquake-induced landslide estimates
  • Business Development: Hazard Assessment
  • Geomorphology: Geological and geomorphological mapping
  • Geophysics: Geohazard assessments
  • Geophysics: Landslide monitoring
  • Geophysics: Rock and soil slope analysis
  • Geophysics: Rock fall analysis and design
  • Business Development: Risk Assessment
  • Business Development: Numerical Modelling
  • Business Development: Hazards Warning Systems
  • Geophysics: Landslide Modelling
  • Geology: Rock mechanics

Major Publications

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  • Massey, C.I.; Olsen, M.J.; Wartman, A.; Senogles, A.; Lukovic, B.; Leshchinsky, A.; Archibald, G.C.; Litchfield, N.J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; de Vilder, S.J.; Holden, C. 2022. Rockfall activity rates before, during and after the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface 127(3): e2021JF006400. DOI: 10.1029/2021JF006400.
  • Massey, C.I.; Townsend, D.B.; Jones, K.E.; Lukovic, B.; Rhoades, D.A.; Morgenstern, R.; Rosser, B.J.; Ries, W.; Howarth, J.D.; Hamling, I.J.; Petley, D.M.; Clark, M.; Wartman, J.; Litchfield, N.J.; Olsen, M. 2020. Volume characteristics of landslides triggered by the Mw7.8 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, New Zealand, derived from digital surface difference modelling, Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface 125(7): e2019JF005163. DOI: 10.1029/2019JF005163.
  • Carey, J.M.; Massey, C.I.; Lyndsell, B.M.; Petley, D.N. 2019. Displacement mechanisms of slow-moving landslides in response to changes in pore water pressure and dynamic stress, Earth Surface Dynamics 7(3): p.707-722. DOI: 10.5194/esurf-2018-73.
  • Grant, A.; Wartman, J.; Massey, C.I.; Olsen, M.J.; O'Banion, M.; Motley, M. 2018. The impact of rockfalls on dwellings during the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquakes, Landslides 15(1): p. 31-42. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-017-0855-2.
  • Allstadt, K.E.; Jibson, R.W.; Thompson, E.M.; Massey, C.I.; Wald, D.J.; Godt, J.W.; Rengers, F.K. 2018. Improving near-real-time coseismic landslide models : lessons learned from the 2016 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): p. 1649-1664. DOI:
  • Massey, C.I.; Townsend, D.B.; Rathje, E.; Allstadt, K.E.; Lukovic, B.; Kaneko, Y.; Bradley, B.; Wartman, J.; Jibson, R.W.; Petley, D.M.; Horspool, N.A.; Hamling, I.J.; Carey, J.M.; Cox, S.C.; Davidson, J.; Dellow, G.D.; Godt, J.W.; Holden, C.; Jones, K.E. 2018. Landslides triggered by the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): p. 1630-1648. DOI: 10.1785/0120170305.
  • Massey, C.I.; Della-Pasqua, F.N.; Holden, C.; Kaiser, A.E.; Richards, L.; Wartman, J.; McSaveney, M.J.; Archibald, G.C.; Yetton, M.; Janku, L. 2017. Rock slope response to strong earthquake shaking, Landslides 14(1): p. 249-268. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-016-0684-8.
  • Massey, C.I.; Abbott, E.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Petley, D.N.; Richards, L. 2016. Earthquake-induced displacement is insignificant in the reactivated Utiku landslide, New Zealand, Landslides and engineered slopes : experience, theory and practice : proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Landslides : p. 31–52. DOI: 10.1201/b21520-5.
  • Massey, C.I.; Petley, D.N.; McSaveney, M.J.; Archibald, G.C. 2016. Basal sliding and plastic deformation of a slow, reactivated landslide in New Zealand, Engineering Geology 208: p. 11-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2016.04.016.
  • Taig, T.; Massey, C.I.; Taig, M.; Becker, J.S.; Heron, D.W. 2015. Validating the rockfall risk models developed for the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, 1-4 November 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand : p. 1353-1361.
  • Massey, C.I.; McSaveney, M.J.; Taig, T.; Richards, L.; Litchfield, N.J.; Rhoades, D.A.; McVerry, G.H.; Lukovic, B.; Heron, D.W.; Ries, W.; Van Dissen, R.J. 2014. Determining rockfall risk in Christchurch using rockfalls triggered by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, Earthquake Spectra 30(1): p. 155-181. DOI: 10.1193/021413EQS026M.
  • Massey, C.I.; Petley, D.N.; McSaveney, M.J. 2013. Patterns of movement in reactivated landslides, Engineering Geology 159: p. 1-19. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.03.011.
  • Massey, C.I.; Manville, V.R.; Hancox, G.T.; Keys, H.J.; Lawrence, C.; McSaveney, M.J. 2010. Out-burst flood (lahar) triggered by retrogressive landsliding, 18 March 2007 at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand : a successful early warning, Landslides 7(3): p. 303-315. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-009-0180-5.
  • Dunning, S.A.; Massey, C.I.; Rosser, N.J. 2008. Structural and geomorphological features of landslides in the Bhutan Himalaya derived from terrestrial laser scanning, Geomorphology 103(1): p. 17-29. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.04.013.


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