AF8 Public Science Talk – Nelson


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AF8 Public Science Talk – Nelson

Join us in Nelson for a Public Science Talk from leading Alpine Fault scientists: Dr. Caroline Orchiston (AF8 Science-Lead / University of Otago), Dr. Rob Langridge (Senior Scientist, GNS Science) and Associate Prof. Liam Wotherspoon (University of Auckland).

Together these presenters represent decades of Alpine Fault science research experience – from the geology to the potential hazard impacts. Join us to hear what the potential impacts of an AF8 event could be in the Nelson-Tasman region and what we can do to be better prepared for large scale natural hazard events, like an Alpine Fault earthquake.

Date/time: Wednesday 23 October, 7pm
Venue: Old St John's on Hardy Street.

All welcome, h
owever, please note space is limited and seats will be available on a first come, first seated basis. Please RSVP using the form below. Thank you.



Science Speakers

Dr. Caroline Orchiston

Dr. Caroline Orchiston is the Deputy Director at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She is the Science Lead for Project AF8, a collaboration between Civil Defence and the science community to improve our ability to respond to a future Alpine Fault earthquake. Her research interests lie in the area of natural hazards and societal resilience, with a particular interest in the tourism sector. She is based in Dunedin with her husband Tom and their three children.

Dr. Robert Langridge

Dr. Robert Langridge is a Senior Scientist at GNS. He works as an Earthquake Geologist – someone who specifically studies the earthquake history and seismic hazard of faults. In New Zealand, Rob’s focus has been on the Alpine, Hope and Wellington faults. Lately Rob has been involved in the science response to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

Associate Prof. Liam Wotherspoon

Liam Wotherspoon is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Auckland. He is involved in engineering research across a range of natural hazards, with a particular focus on New Zealand’s infrastructure networks. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, and is on the leadership teams of a number of national research programmes with a focus on improving New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazard events.