AF8 Science update June 2020

AF8 was built on a strong foundation of scientific research, and has been supported over the last five years by 30 scientists from Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, QuakeCoRE, GNS Science and universities across the country. We are hugely grateful for the time and effort the Science Team has invested in making AF8 such a success.

Getting science into practice isn’t straightforward: it takes dedicated effort by scientists who are willing to step out of their labs and offices, and apply their knowledge for the greater good. Our AF8 Science team are all dedicated to making a difference, and to share their science to help NZ become a safer place. AF8 would like to extend a special thanks to the scientists from the Rural programme of Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, and QuakeCoRE for their support of the programme from the beginning.

So where is the science at now?

One thing is certain – there is a lot more to do. The process of working with CDEM and all the partner agencies has revealed some big gaps in our knowledge, and science will continue to try and find solutions and produce new data into the future. Our fundamental knowledge of the Alpine Fault continues to advance, as well as what we know about the impacts and consequences of a future earthquake on our nation.

Above: this is a Blender animation from a simulation of the Simulation of a potential Alpine Fault earthquake. The animation was developed by Nick Young of eResearch at the University of Auckland. The simulation was performed by the Bradley research group at the University of Canterbury using UC’s BlueGeneP Supercomputer (part of the NZ eScience Infrastructure, NeSI).

The Universities of Canterbury and Auckland are leading the field in applied hazard science, and are helping us understand how ground motions produced by the Alpine Fault will affect our built infrastructure (bridges, roads, electricity, communication and water networks etc). New research projects focused on how our systems will cope, including communications, supply chains, businesses, communities, tourism destinations and tourists, are emerging, led by many wonderful postgraduate students and academics across NZ.

AF8 will keep you updated about the new science activities, and look forward to sharing news stories/blogs and other updates about the work going on from our science colleagues.

Dr. Caroline Orchiston, AF8 Science Lead.
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