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Disasters: Intervention is the key – Kelvin Berryman

John Kerr posted in on March 20th, 2015.

What do we really mean when we talk about  reducing or managing the risk of disaster? Dr Kelvin Berryman, Director of the Natural Hazards Research Platform, has written a new blog post reflecting on the outcomes of a high profile UN conference on disaster risk reduction. An excerpt (read in full here): A mandate for […]

Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Queensland floods: the aftermath – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre have released the following expert commentary on the aftermath of the Queensland floods. Journalists requiring assistance in tracking down Australia-based experts on the floods, please contact the Australian Science Media Centre on +61 8 7120 8666. ———– Professor Beverley Raphael is from the University of Western Sydney’s […]

NZ Herald: Pacific coastal disaster risk to be assessed

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2010.

Eloise Gibson of the NZ Herald reports that GNS scientists will be spending the next 6 months travelling around the Pacific to assess the risk to infrastructure of another major natural disaster. The infrastructure to be looked at will include roads, houses, pipes and workplaces, with particular reference to the placement of much of the […]

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