One of the Earthquake Commission's roles is to facilitate research about:
- natural disaster damage
- methods of reducing or preventing natural disaster damage
- the insurance provided under the Earthquake Commission Act.
Goals of the EQC research programme
Our research programme aims to improve knowledge and professional practices, in order to:
- reduce the Crown’s liabilities from geological hazard events, and
- make communities more resilient to such events.
EQC believes that the greatest contribution to hazard risk management by research is likely to arise from work that improves our understanding of the likelihood and consequence of the hazard, and our ability to mitigate – incrementally through time – the potential exposure to the hazard and its impact.
We fund research that:
1. Improves the detection and understanding of geological hazards
2. Improves the evidence base for:
- assessing likelihood and magnitude
- the pricing of New Zealand risks
3. Advances engineering solutions that will improve risk performance in the built environment and the public processes for establishing safety goals
4. Improves understanding of the socio-economic consequences of hazards and the measures required to reduce the vulnerability of New Zealand communities.
Initiatives we fund
- GeoNet – the national hazard monitoring system
- Faculty teaching positions at the universities of Canterbury (natural hazards and engineering), Victoria (seismic studies and economics of disasters), Massey (social science and planning) and Auckland (volcanic risk and engineering)
- The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) – EQC sponsors annual conferences, quarterly technical bulletins and post-event investigations of NZ-relevant lessons arising from major hazard events world-wide
- Collaborative regional projects:
- Grants and awards:
- Biennial Grants Programme – a contestable grants programme of public good research offered to experienced researchers in alternate years
- University Post-graduate Programme – a grants programme to support post-graduate student and early career research
- The Fulbright-EQC Award in Natural Disaster Research
- The EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award for the advancement of earthquake engineering research in New Zealand
- Activities that raise awareness of hazard risk interdependencies among public and private lifeline infrastructure operators.
EQC also assists in the dissemination of relevant research results and experience by sponsoring selected technical publications, meetings and conferences.
We invest, in an ongoing way, in the improvement of land use planning, building standards, best practice guidelines, civil defence readiness and recovery planning.