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Introducing the National Geohazards Monitoring Centre: Using the Earth Sciences to keep Kiwis safe

Presented by Kim Presow from the New Zealand National Geohazard Monitoring Centre.

The New Zealand National Geohazard Monitoring Centre (NGMC) is the only centre globally that monitors and responds to four geological hazards: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides

Working closely with expert scientists from GeoNet and GNS, the NGMC operates 24/7 with a tight-knit team of dedicated Geohazard Analysts (GHAs). The GHAs come from a variety of Earth Science/Geographical backgrounds and experience, they have been trained to work with specialised software to assess and respond to the potential risks of geological hazards towards New Zealanders.

The NGMC is the first line of defence for NZ and in the event of a significant earthquake (or other hazard), the NGMC escalates into response mode. The Geohazard Analysts work together with seismic, tsunami, volcano and landslide scientists to supplement their analysis of the event which is communicated with the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). This provides MCDEM with the information they need in a short timeframe, so they can make informed decisions around public safety. The NGMC monitors geohazards around the clock, and in between events, GHAs undertake business as usual tasks such as operational updates, portfolio work and completing various daily reports.

The NGMC launched in December 2018 and has since seen rapid development. New projects keep the NGMC evolving with new concepts and tools so that the NGMC can make its event responses as streamlined and efficient as possible. With advancing technology, the GHAs are continuously improving the ability to detect and assess geological hazards, better facilitating the safety of New Zealanders.

Are you excited to learn about how dynamic your earth science career can be? Are you interested in learning how you could be a part of this vibrant team and how you can use your earth science skills to the benefit of the New Zealand public? Come and meet the Geohazard Analysts to learn more!

Date Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience All University
Event Category Sciences
CampusDunedin
DepartmentGeology
LocationBenson Common Room (Gn9), Department of Geology, University of Otago
Contact Emailsophie.briggs@otago.ac.nz

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