Christchurch's Coastal and Rver Quakes

Status: Current

Dates: 2011 - Start

Māori Relevant Content: No

Project Abstract

This work argues that coasts and rivers, past and present, have played as significant a role as seismic, engineering or socio-economic factors in determining the impacts and recovery patterns of the Canterbury earthquakes. Traditional conceptualisations of natural disasters tend to focus on risk factors closely associated with event triggers. In practice this can lead to faith in building code mitigation of earthquake effects and earthquake plans derived by professionals with seismic and engineering expertise. Instead, we need to reconceptualise disasters as the product of multiple, interacting elements of the natural and human environment, and to form a web of mitigation strategies derived from multiple natural and human environment elements.

Researchers - UC Staff

Associated Groups

Subject Area: Disciplines