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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
+64 3 369 3999 ext. 94599
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446
I am currently conducting geospatial research on the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence on Christchurch City's infrastructure lifelines. This work is focussing on the potable water and waste water systems and the road network, to understand how ground deformation (transient seismic shaking, permanent deformation via liquefaction and lateral spreading) has caused the spatio-temporal patterns in infrastructure damage we see. I collaborate with members of the Christchurch City Council and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. The lessons arising from this research have important implications for understanding lifeline performance and resilience in future earthquakes in New Zealand and around the world.My background is in paleoclimate and landscape evolution, and I have a strong intereste in understanding the dynamic interactions between seismic and climate hazrds, and their impacts on both urban and rural populations.I also teach a 4th-year Geographic Information Systems course in the Natural Hazards Programme (Geological Sciences), and run a professional course at the University of Canterbury Risk, Resilience and Renewal Centre (UCR3), entitled Geospatial Technologies in Hazard/Disaster Assessment and Emergency Response.