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Flood Lifelines

RiskScape team at Lifelines Forum in Auckland 2017

The RiskScape team will be attending the Lifelines Forum in Auckland on 31st October and 1st November. Nick Horspool will be discussing the modelling benefits for infrastructure investment. Rob Bell, NIWA, will be discussing modelling national flood risk exposure and the revised Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidelines. The RiskScape team will also be showcasing their latest collaborative research including new projects aimed at developing flood vulnerability models with critical lifelines providers.

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Samoan training session October 2017

Samoa advanced RiskScape training

On 13 September 2017 ten participants attended a RiskScape training session in Samoa, with backgrounds ranging from within the statistics, agriculture, hydrology, geophysics, planning and urban management, fire services (first responder), and disaster management fields. The session was lead by Kate Crowley, Sheng-lin Lin, Titimanu Simi, Finn Scheele and Shaun Williams from the RiskScape team.

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UoC student training scenario results

Canterbury Student RiskScape training

Kate Crowley and Jade Arnold along with Matthew Hughes ran a pilot training session at the end of August for the future University of Canterbury RiskScape Training Hub. The 20 students that attended ran through 4 exercises exploring risk analysis, management and decision making. Feedback from 15 of the participants revealed some very positive results. 100% of the students agreed that the content was appropriate. Presenters and materials also scored favorably (~93% or more). 

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Project: Wellington Resilience Program - business case.

The Wellington regional resilience project is an initiative to prepare a business case for significantly improving the resilience of Wellington lifeline services to natural hazards, to be presented to Treasury. The project investigates the expected economic impact resulting from damage to lifeline services from Wellington Fault earthquake, if it were to occur tomorrow. Further, it explores the benefit-cost of programmes to improve lifeline resilience and reduce the economic impacts.

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RiskScape outputs for the Vaisigano River catchment

PARTneR helps to secure US57 million for Samoa Disaster Risk Reduction.

During the first year of the PARTneR project the team were approached by the Government of Samoa with the hope that RiskScape could provide key evidence to support their Green Climate Fund (GDF) application. They asked the PARTneR team to produce a series of flood impact scenarios for the Vaisigano River. The team worked to adapt existing building asset data alongside multiple flood models for the area. The data was successfully analysed using the existing vulnerability models within RiskScape.

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New version of RiskScape

New Version of RiskScape is now Live!

RiskScape version 1.0, which is now available for download, has an improved user interface and map viewer, updated vulnerability models, flexible export options and other many other new features. For example, you can now run exposure analysis as well as more complex estimations of loss.

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Surveying Edgecumbe

Surveying Flood Damage in Edgecumbe

On 7 April 2017, the Rangitaiki River breached a stopbank at Edgecumbe. Over the next 48 hours, thousands of cubic meters of water flooded the township, inundating over 450 buildings.

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Partner project participants

PARTneR RiskScape and Data management

In May 2017, RiskScape training and data management workshops were carried out in both Samoa and Vanuatu as part of the 3 year NZ Aid funded Pacific Risk Tools for Resilience (PARTneR) project. NIWA facilitators led the trainings with support from the National Disaster Management Offices, Vanuatu Meteorology Department, GNS Science and SPC Geoscience colleagues.

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CDEM workshop 2017

National Emergency Management Conference 2017, RiskScape workshop

MCDEM recently held their annual National Emergency Management Conference, and on the last day (Friday 9 June), RiskScape was given the opportunity to host a workshop. The workshop had a great turn out with over 60 people participating, illustrating how the CDEM sector is increasingly recognising how valuable RiskScape is for calculating risk and impacts of natural hazards.

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pacific PARTneRs visit NZ

Pacific partners visit New Zealand

The RiskScape team were joined by two project coordinators in March earlier this year, Titimanu Simi from Samoa and Lopanga Yert from Vauautu. Titimanu and Lopanga travelled to New Zealand to take part in the Emergency Management summer institute run by Massey University. For Titimanu the institute highlighted, ‘the need to continue ongoing efforts with the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Management to enhance collaboration between relevant stakeholders’.

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