A team of New Zealand and Canadian scientists are working to reveal how the tectonic plates may be ‘stuck’ (or ‘locked’) along the southern part of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone. This will help understand the potential for a major earthquake and tsunami offshore southern Te Ika-a-Māui/North Island.
This project seeks to understand tsunami evacuation behaviour in Aotearoa New Zealand by combining computational modelling with local context and knowledge. The team of scientists will model large-scale tsunami evacuation, and will use GPS data collected by citizens to improve this model and ensure it represents the actual environment and people as realistically as possible.
The Beneath the Waves Raranga Whāriki Papa Moana programme will explore the hazards from Aotearoa/New Zealand’s near-shore volcanoes – Tūhua/Mayor Island and Whakaari/White Island – to prepare and make Aotearoa/NZ more resilient to the impact of these hazards.
A large team of national and international scientists will be studying the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, including gathering geological and historical evidence for past large Hikurangi earthquakes to improve out understanding of the risk it poses to Aotearoa NZ.
Using a 500-metre long sediment core collected from the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, a team of national and international scientists are investigating whether climate influences the frequency of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, over hundreds of thousands of years.
This research project involves over 20 scientists across UK Universities and New Zealand. The team will install over 200 seismometers in along the east coast to detect earthquakes and also to listen for sound waves produced by a ship 90 km away from the Gisborne coast, to better understand the rock properties beneath the sea.
Twenty nine scientists from a number of different organisations will investigate the underground roots of the Taupō volcanic system to identify what conditions cause it to become restless or erupt. They will see if they can identify a tipping point between unrest and eruption and use this new knowledge to advise how best to monitor the supervolcano system.
Scientists from the US and New Zealand will be examining the physical conditions along the Hikurangi subduction zone to understand what fluid conditions generate earthquakes. Fluid conditions affect the likelihood and type of earthquakes that occur at faults.
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