Mauri McSaveney

 

Full Name: Mauri McSaveney

Position: Emeritus Engineering Geomorphologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4734

Qualifications

1966: BSc (Hons), Geology; 1975: PhD, Geology

Areas of expertise

Geology: Alpine Slope Processes
Geology: Earthquake effects
Geology: Engineering Geomorphology
Geology: Erosion Processes
Geology: Fluvial Processes
Geology: Geomorphic Hazards
Geology: Geomorphology
Geology: Hazard Assessment
Geology: Hazard mapping
Geology: Lahars and debris flow
Geology: Landslide Hazard Assessment
Geology: Landslide Processes
Geology: Paleoseismology
Geology: Tsunami Studies

Professional activities

International Glaciological Society: Member
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering: Member
NZ Hydrological Society: Member
New Zealand Geotechnical Society: Member
Geological Society of New Zealand: Member
IAEG: Member
The Tsunami Society: Member
Editorial Board, Landslides: Member
International journal "Landslides": Editors-in-Chief: Member
International Consortium on Landslides Board of Representatives: Editorial advisor

Major publications

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Beetham, R.D. 2006 Rapid block glides : slide-surface fragmentation in New Zealand's Waikaremoana landslide. Quarterly journal of engineering geology and hydrogeology, 39(2): 115-129

McSaveney, M.J.; Beetham, R.D. 2006 The potential for debris flows from Karaka Stream at Thames, Coromandel. GNS Science consultancy report 2006/14. vi, 37 p.

Smith, G.M.; Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Bell, D.H. 2006 The Acheron rock avalanche, Canterbury, New Zealand : morphology and dynamics. Landslides, 3(1): 62-72

Hancox, G.T.; McSaveney, M.J.; Manville, V.R.; Davies, T.R. 2005 The October 1999 Mt Adams rock avalanche and subsequent landslide dam-break flood and effects in Poerua River, Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 48(4): 683-705

Korup, O.; Schmidt, J.; McSaveney, M.J. 2005 Regional relief characteristics and denudation pattern of the western Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geomorphology, 71(3/4): 402-423

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 2005 Making a grain-bridge connection between two rocky planets. p. 73-74 IN: Workshop on the Role of Volatiles and Atmospheres on Martian Impact Craters, July 11-13, 2005, Laurel, Maryland. Houston, Tex.: Lunar and Planetary Institute. LPI contribution 1273.

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 2005 Engineering for debris flows in New Zealand. p. 635-658 IN: Jakob, M.; Hungr, O. (eds) Debris-flow hazards and related phenomena. Berlin: Springer. Springer-Praxis books in geophysical sciences.

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J. 2004 Dynamic fragmentation in landslides : application to natural dam stability. p. 28-34 IN: Abdrakhmatov, K.; Evans, S.G.; Hermanns, R.; Mugnozza, G.S.; Strom, A.L. (eds) Security of natural and artificial rockslide dams : extended abstracts volume. [Bishkek]: NATO

Korup, O.; McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 2004 Sediment generation and delivery from large historic landslides in the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geomorphology, 61(1/2): 189-207

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 2004 Does the big question have an answer? : potential landslide size. p. 134-140 IN: Abdrakhmatov, K.; Evans, S.G.; Hermanns, R.; Mugnozza, G.S.; Strom, A.L. (eds) Security of natural and artificial rockslide dams : extended abstracts volume. [Bishkek]: NATO

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Clarkson, P.J. 2003 Anthropic aggradation of the Waiho River, Westland, New Zealand : microscale modelling. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 28: 209-218

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R.; Ashby, G.L. 2003 The fatal Ramsay Glacier rockfall of 9 November 2002. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2003/02. 17 p.

McSaveney, M.J.; Glassey, P.J. 2003 GEONET landslide response : the fatal Cleft Peak debris flow of 3 January 2002, Rees Valley, West Otago. p. 301-310 IN: Crawford, S.; Baunton, P.; Hargraves, S. Geotechnics on the volcanic edge, Tauranga, March 2003. Wellington: Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Proceedings of technical groups (Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand) 30(1 GM).

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J. 2002 Dynamic simulation of the motion of fragmenting rock avalanches. Canadian geotechnical journal, 39(4): 789-798

McSaveney, M.J. 2002 The next great West Coast earthquake. Tephra, 19: 36-41

McSaveney, M.J. 2002 Recent rockfalls and rock avalanches in Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand. p. 35-70 IN: Evans, S.G.; DeGraff, J.V. (eds) Catastrophic landslides : effects, occurrence, and mechanisms. Boulder, Colo.: Geological Society of America. Reviews in engineering geology 15.

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 2002 Rapid rock-mass flow with dynamic fragmentation : inferences from the morphology, and internal structure of rockslides and rock avalanches. p. 89-92 IN: Evans, S.G.; Martino, S. (eds) Massive rock slope failure : new models for hazard assessment : abstracts volume. [Celano, Italy]: [NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Massive Rock Slope Failure : New Models for Hazard Assessment]

McSaveney, M.J.; Downes, G.L. 2002 Application of landslide seismology to some New Zealand rock avalanches. p. 649-654 IN: Rybar, J.; Stemberk, J.; Wagner, P. (eds) Landslides : proceedings of the First European Conference on Landslides, Prague, Czech Republic, June 24-26, 2002. Lisse, The Netherlands: A.A. Balkema

McSaveney, M.J.; Glassey, P.J. 2002 The fatal Cleft Peak debris flow of 3 January 2002, Upper Rees Valley, West Otago. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2002/03. 28 p.

Mitchell, W.A.; Taylor, P.J.; McSaveney, M.J. 2002 Age of the Keylong Serai rock avalanche, NW Indian Himalaya, by cosmogenic 10Be surface-exposure dating. Eos, 83(22:supplement): WP113

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J. 2001 Anthropogenic fanhead aggradation, Waiho River, Westland, New Zealand. p. 531-553 IN: Mosley, M.P. (ed.) Gravel-bed rivers V. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Hydrological Society

Downes, G.L.; Webb, T.H.; McSaveney, M.J.; Darby, D.J.; Doser, D.; Chague-Goff, C.; Barnett, A. 2000 The 26 March and 17 May 1947 Gisborne earthquakes and tsunami : implication for tsunami hazard for East Coast, North Island, New Zealand. p. 21 IN: The International Workshop : tsunami risk assessment beyond 2000 : theory, practice and plans : in memory of Professor Sergey L. Soloviev, June 14-16, 2000, Russsia, Moscow.

McSaveney, M.J.; Goff, J.R.; Darby, D.J.; Goldsmith, P.; Barnett, A.; Elliott, S.; Nongkas, M. 2000 The 17 July 1998 tsunami, Papua New Guinea : evidence and initial interpretation. Marine Geology, 170(1/2): 81-92

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J. 1999 Runout of dry granular avalanches. Canadian geotechnical journal, 36(2): 313-320

Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Hodgson, K.A. 1999 A fragmentation-spreading model for long-runout rock avalanches. Canadian geotechnical journal, 36(6): 1096-1110

Goldsmith, P.; Barnett, A.; Goff, J.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Elliott, S.; Nongkas, M. 1999 Report of the New Zealand reconnaissance team to the area of the 17 July 1998 tsunami at Sissano Lagoon, Papua New Guinea. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 32(2): 102-118

Hancox, G.T.; McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R.; Hodgson, K. 1999 Mt Adams rock avalanche of 6 October 1999 and the subsequent formation and breaching of a large landslide dam in Poerua River, Westland, New Zealand. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 99/19. 22 p.

McSaveney, M.J. 1999 Tsunami : the experience. Tephra, October: 36-41

McSaveney, E.; McSaveney, M.J. 1998 Beware of falling rocks! : landslides. p. 72-97 IN: Hicks, G.; Campbell, H.J. (eds) Awesome forces : the natural hazards that threaten New Zealand. Wellington, NZ: Te Papa Press

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 1998 A hazard assessment for Aoraki/Mount Cook Village. p. 70-75 IN: Johnston, D.M.; Kingsbury, P.A. Proceedings of the Natural Hazards Management Workshop : Christchurch, 4-5 November 1998. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences information series 45.

McSaveney, M.J.; Davies, T.R. 1998 Natural hazard assessment for the township of Franz Josef Glacier and its environs. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences client report 44714B.10. 57 p.

Hull, A.G.; McSaveney, M.J. 1996 A 7000-year record of great earthquakes at Turakirae Head, Wellington, New Zealand. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences client report 33493B.10. 14 p. figs

Ricker, K.E.; Chinn, T.J.; McSaveney, M.J. 1993 A late Quaternary moraine sequence dated by rock weathering rinds, Craigieburn Range, New Zealand. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 30(9): 1861-1869

McSaveney, M.J. 1992 A manual for weathering-rind dating of grey sandstones of the Torlesse Supergroup, New Zealand. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 92/04. 52 p.

McSaveney, M.J.; Stirling, M.W. 1992 Central Otago : basin and range country. p. 482-504 IN: Soons, J.M.; Selby, M.J. (eds.) Landforms of New Zealand. 2nd ed. Auckland: Longman Paul

McSaveney, M.J.; Thomson, R.; Turnbull, I.M. 1992 Timing of relief and landslides in Central Otago, New Zealand. p. 1451-1456 IN: Bell, D.H. (ed.) Landslides : proceedings of the sixth international symposium 10-14 February 1992 : Christchurch. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema

Whitehouse, I.E.; McSaveney, M.J. 1992 Assessment of geomorphic hazards along an alpine highway. New Zealand geographer, 48: 27-32

Hicks, D.M.; McSaveney, M.J.; Chinn, T.J.H. 1990 Sedimentation in proglacial Ivory Lake, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Arctic and alpine research, 22(1): 26-42

Whitehouse, I.E.; McSaveney, M.J. 1990 Geomorphic appraisals for development on two steep, active alluvial fans, Mt Cook, New Zealand. p. 369-384 IN: Rachocki, A. (ed.); Church, M.A. (ed.) Alluvial fans - a field approach. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons

Basher, L.R.; McSaveney, M.J. 1989 An early Aranuian glacial advance at Cropp River, central Westland, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 19(3): 263-268

McSaveney, M.J.; Whitehouse, I.E. 1989 An Early Holocene glacial advance in the Macaulay River valley, central Southern Alps, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 32(2): 217-223

McSaveney, M.J.; Whitehouse, I.E. 1989 Anthropic erosion of mountain land in Canterbury. New Zealand journal of ecology, 12 (supplement): 151-163

Basher, L.R.; Tonkin, P.J.; McSaveney, M.J. 1988 Geomorphic history of a rapidly uplifting area on a compressional plate boundary : Cropp River, New Zealand. Zeitschrift fuer Geomorphologie. Supplementband, 69: 117-131

McSaveney, M.J.; Whitehouse, I.E. 1988 The influence of wild animal browsing on soil and water in New Zealand. p. 57-63 IN: The future of New Zealand's wild animals? : Seminar 2000 : proceedings. Wellington: New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

McSaveney, M.J.; Griffiths, G.A. 1987 Drought, rain, and movement of a recurrent earthflow complex in New Zealand. Geology, 15(7): 643-646

Whitehouse, I.E.; McSaveney, M.J.; Chinn, T.J.H.; Knuepfer, P.L.K. 1986 Growth of weathering rinds on Torlesse sandstone, Southern Alps, New Zealand. p. 419-435 IN: Colman, S.M. (eds); Dethier, D.P. (eds) Rates of chemical weathering of rocks and minerals. Orlando, U.S.A.: Academic Press Inc

Burrows, C.J.; McSaveney, M.J. 1984 Late Holocene forest horizons and a Dinornis moa from an earthflow on North Dean, North Canterbury. Records of the Canterbury Museum, 10(1): 1-8

Griffiths, G.A.; McSaveney, M.J. 1983 Hydrology of a basin with extreme rainfalls - Cropp River, New Zealand. New Zealand journal of science, 26(3): 293-306

Griffiths, G.A.; McSaveney, M.J. 1983 Distribution of mean annual precipitation across some steepland regions of New Zealand. New Zealand journal of science, 26(2): 197-209

Whitehouse, I.E.; McSaveney, M.J. 1983 Diachronous talus surfaces in the Southern Alps, New Zealand, and their implications to talus accumulation. Arctic and alpine research, 15(1): 53-64

Whitehouse, I.E.; McSaveney, M.J.; Horrell, G.A. 1983 Spatial variability of low flows across a portion of the central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Hydrology, New Zealand, 22(2): 123-137

McSaveney, M.J. 1978 Sherman Glacier rock avalanche, Alaska, USA. p. 197-258 IN: Voight, B. (ed.) Rockslides and avalanches. 1, Natural phenomena. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Scientific. Developments in geotechnical engineering 14a.

McSaveney, M.J.; Gage, M. 1968 Ice flow measurements on Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand, in 1966. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11(3): 564-592

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