Natural Hazards

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

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

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.

Calculated risk

Imagine if you could foresee what would happen to your home in a severe flood or tsunami, and then work out how to prevent or reduce the impact before any such event occurred.

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