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EQC awards $1 million to natural disaster researchers

Understanding natural hazard risks and how to manage them is taking another step forward, thanks to $1 million of new EQC-funded research projects.

EQC contributes $16 million altogether, every year for research to build knowledge about New Zealand’s natural hazards and how to manage them. The latest round of EQC’s Biennial Research Grants Programme attracted 118 applicants. Three of the 15 recipients are Canterbury-based geological researchers, and many of the projects are ongoing collaborations with GeoNet, NZ’s geological hazard monitoring system.

EQC congratulates the following recipients of this year’s grants:

JC Gaillard, Minghao Li, Vicki Moon, Andy Nicol, David Barrell, Chris Van Houtte, Jonathan Carey, Jennifer Eccles, Sigrun Hreinsdottir, Simon Barker, Marco Brenna & Elaine Smid, Bruce Christenson, Ben Kennedy, Xiaoming Wang and Kate Clark.

The next round will open for applicants in 2017.

[One of the 15 grant recipients, Ben Kennedy from the University of Canterbury]

One of the 15 grant recipients, Ben Kennedy from the University of Canterbury.

Full list of grant recipients

Exploring long-term disaster recovery trajectories in New Zealand
JC Gaillard, University of Auckland School of Environment with Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University

Seismic design of timber-steel hybrid shear wall systems for mid-rise light timber framed buildings
Minghao Li, University of Canterbury with Tongji University, China

Potential shallow seismic sources in the Hamilton Basin
Vicki Moon, University of Waikato School of Science

Geometries and slip of historical surface-rupturing earthquakes in New Zealand and their application to seismic hazard analysis
Andy Nicol, University of Canterbury Department of Geological Sciences with GNS Science

Earthquake hazard in Dunedin: paleoseismology of the Titri Fault
David Barrell, GNS Science  with University of Otago, VUW

Capturing the full space of epistemic uncertainty in ground-motion prediction equations for New Zealand
Chris Van Houtte, GNS Science 

Laboratory simulations of slow moving landslide mechanisms
Jonathan Carey, GNS Science 

Hauraki rift seismic transect (HRST)
Jennifer Eccles, University of Auckland School of Environment with University of Calgary, Canada, GNS Science

Postseismic deformation following the 2009 Mw7.8 Dusky Sound earthquake
Sigrun Hreinsdottir, GNS Science  with University of Otago

Understanding ashfall hazards from a future eruption at Taupo caldera
Simon Barker, University of Auckland School of Environment with USGS, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington

How long have we got to act? Magma ascent rates in the Auckland volcanic field

Marco Brenna/Elaine Smid, University of Auckland School of Environment with University of Alabama

Analysing hidden messages in high temperature Fumarolic Emissions
Bruce Christenson, GNS Science  with ISTerre, France

Assessing risk from ballistic impacts through aerial hazard mapping, numeric modelling, and laboratory experiments to enhance risk management and risk communication
Ben Kennedy, University of Canterbury Dept of Geological Sciences with GNS Science

Identification of damage-prone areas in tsunami hazard assessments
Xiaoming Wang, GNS Science 

Towards the calibration of tsunami models in the Auckland Region using paleotsunami deposits
Kate Clark, GNS Science  with Geomarine Research, University of NSW, University of Auckland

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