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On alert - NZ’s National Geohazard Monitoring Centre

Our Science

10 December 2023

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Radio New Zealand profiled the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre in a recent episode of Our Changing World.

Listen to the episode here(external link).

In New Zealand, the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre is on alert for earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity. The centre is supported by a wide range of data and research (past and present) – including the Raranga Whāriki Papa Moana | Beneath the Waves research programme.

Our research team are on the hunt for new data to better understand the risks from two of Aotearoa New Zealand’s near shore island volcanoes: Tūhua/Mayor Island and Whakaari/White Island. The learnings will be used to inform geohazard monitoring, hazard forecasting and emergency management planning.

At the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre, analysts are on call 24/7 to respond to any changes in the patterns.  They rely on a network of seismometers, underwater pressure sensors, coastal gauges, cameras and international monitoring stations that constantly feed data into the centre.

Learn more! In this podcast episode, centre team members explain how the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre works, and the team’s roles in response to major geohazard events.