RiskScape software

RiskScape, a collaboration between NIWA and GNS Science, is a software application for analysing natural hazard consequences. 

RiskScape software provides a flexible risk analysis framework that calculates consequences to people, buildings, infrastructure, the environment and other elements exposed to hazards. The software is designed to provide disaster risk professionals across sectors and disciplines with information to understand consequences, make risk-based decisions and implement cost-effective risk reduction. 

About the RiskScape software

Work is currently underway to develop RiskScape 2.0, providing an enhanced system for scenario and probabilistic risk analysis. The flexible risk framework design and software development is  guided by requirements of disaster risk reduction professionals, including those in emergency management, planning and policy, insurance, research/academia, lifelines management and iwi/hapū and community wellbeing.

You can read the report about user requirements from our recent workshops and survey with potential users here.

RiskScape 2.0 gives modellers the ability to customise risk models and and the data that feeds into these models. RiskScape software is built on open source programming languages and complies with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards that support an engine for spatial analysis of risk.

In 2019 the Earthquake Commission (EQC) joined NIWA and GNS Science in developing of version 2.0 and plans to adopt RiskScape 2.0 as its future risk modelling tool.

Read the August 2019 media release about this here.

RiskScape 1.0

RiskScape 2.0 is the second generation software of  the 1.0 desktop application released in 2017. RiskScape 1.0 is no longer supported.

Additional background information:

NIWA Contacts

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Hazards Analyst
Hydrodynamics Scientist
Page last updated: 
30 November 2020