Natural Hazards

Nature can be a destructive force. Our science will help to prevent property damage and save lives.

Natural Hazards

Nature can be a destructive force. Our science will help to prevent property damage and save lives.

We provide expert advice to inform disaster management and risk mitigation.

Kaikōura earthquake generated huge submarine sediment shift

The 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake has shown that more than 100 million dumptrucks of mud and sand flow through the Kaikōura Canyon every 140 years, scientists say.

A say on the sea shore

Coastal communities around New Zealand are getting a say on how to respond to sea-level rise, and NIWA is helping them.

Flood focus

Autumn and winter rain caused damaging floods and slips across New Zealand, yet again. Susan Pepperell investigates the nation's evolving skill in avoiding and coping with water.

A wave of hazard research

It is well known that earthquakes can trigger tsunami but they can also be caused by landslides – with devastating effects.

RiskScape

RiskScape, a joint venture between GNS Science and NIWA, is a tool for analysing potential economic and human impacts and losses from multiple natural hazards.