Chris Massey


Full Name: Chris Massey

Position: Engineering Geologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4770


1996: BSc, Hons, Geology; 1999: MSc, DIC Engineering Geology; 2010: PhD, Engineering Geology

Areas of expertise

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

Professional activities

NZ Geotechnical Society: Member
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Joint Technical Committee (JTC-1) Natural slopes and landslides: Technical panel member
Chartered Geologist: Geological Society of London, UK: Member
Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS): Geological Society of London: Fellow
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: US-NZ Joint Commission Meeting on Science.: leader of Activity 5 Landslide threat assessment
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering: Member
American Geophysical Union: Member

Major publications

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): 707-722; doi: 10.5194/esurf-2018-73

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): 1649-1664; doi:

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): 31-42; doi: 10.1007/s10346-017-0855-2

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.; Kaiser, A.E.; Little, M.; Lyndsell, B.M.; McColl, S.T.; Morgenstern, R.M.; Rengers, F.K.; Rhoades, D.A.; Rosser, B.J.; Strong, D.T.; Singeisen, C.; Villeneuve, M. 2018 Landslides triggered by the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108(3B): 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): 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. p. 31–52; doi: 10.1201/b21520-5 IN: Aversa, S.; Cascini, L.; Picarelli, L.; Scavia, C. (eds) Landslides and engineered slopes : experience, theory and practice : proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Landslides. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press

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: 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. p. 1353-1361 IN: Cubrinovski, M.; Bradley, B.A.; Price, C.; Chin, C.Y. (et al) (Organising Committee) 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, 1-4 November 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand. N.Z.: New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS)

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): 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: 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): 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): 17-29; doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.04.013

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