Community preparedness research projects which the Natural Hazards Inc. cluster are already involved in or have completed include:

Commonwealth RANET (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: June 2005
The Commonwealth RANET (Radio Internet) Communications-Tuvalu project is a wide-ranging communications project designed to significantly enhance communications capability between Tuvalu's meteorological offices, the international forecast centres and, most importantly its atoll communities and the end-users. Its main objective is to improve meteorological communications and early warning of natural hazards capability. The technology is leading-edge, yet cost-effective and sustainable. An automatic weather and climate station is included for Tuvalu's only secondary school at Vaitupu where students will be able learn meteorology and see first-hand the effect of weather on their communities.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
Associated consultant(s): None

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The Regional Riskscape Model (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 2004
RiskScape is multi-hazard risk assessment system that has developed out of a joint-venture research programme between GNS Science and NIWA. It involves the development of a generic model that allows local authorities and emergency management groups to analyse their regional risks from multiple natural hazards, thus assisting with community resilience and public safety.
Lead company: Joint Venture
Associated consultant(s): GNS Science National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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RANET Communications Niue (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: March 2005
The Niue RANET (Radio Internet) Communications project provided two Community FM radio station systems for Hakupu and Liku Villages, Niue together with a HF radio digital email system at the meteorological office. This enhanced the emergency satellite digital email system that MetService had already installed following Tropical Cyclone Heta. The project's objective was to improve the availability of emergency information to the end users in the communities. An important benefit was that the Community FM radio stations are owned and operated by the communities and can be used for any social, educational, entertainment purpose as the community wishes.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

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Technical Support for the Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: December 2006
On 28 March 2005 the island of Nias was struck by a magnitude 8.7 earthquake which left 839 dead, destroyed 13,000 houses, and damaged hundreds of important buildings and structures. After the initial rescue and relief processes, the BRR (Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction) focused on introducing mitigation measures as part of an integrated disaster risk reduction programme. This UNDP-funded project was designed to provide BRR Nias with technical support to enhance its operational capacity. Three Earthquake Advisors were recruited and seconded into the BRR Office in Gunung Sitoli, Nias.
Lead company: GNS Science International

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New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 1998
The project consisted of the development of the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model that has served as the basis for developing the seismic zone factor maps of the new structural design standard for New Zealand (NZS1170.5). In addition, seismic hazard assessments of many major projects, including dams, bridges and buildings have been based on this model.
Lead company: GNS Science

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National Building Code for Nepal (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: May 1992
This project provided Nepal with: Seismic Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment Preparation and Implementation of National Building Code Development of Alternative Building Materials and Technologies.
Lead company: Beca International Consultants Ltd
Associated consultant(s): Golder Associates, Canada Silt Consultants, Nepal TAEC Consultants, Nepal

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QMAP: Geological Map of New Zealand (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 1994
The QMAP project is producing complete national coverage of New Zealand's geology in 21 maps. Each map is litho printed and published with an accompanying explanatory book. This Crown-funded programme is improving our knowledge of the geology of New Zealand by mapping and exploring relationships between rock types and their geological origins.
Lead company: GNS Science

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Earthquake Risk Modelling (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 2000
Earthquake risk modelling incorporates the most recent information about earthquake sources, attenuation of strong ground motion and building vulnerability. The techniques can be applied to specific building portfolios, giving realistic estimates of damage and loss for planning or insurance purposes.
Lead company: GNS Science

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Samoa Coastal Infrastructure Management Strategy (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 2000
In the first instance, Beca’s aim was to identify a vision and highlight objectives, establishing policies and methods for integrated and sustainable management. A long-term vision for enhancing hazard resilience was also considered, providing a sound basis for the future use, development and protection of Samoa’s land and vulnerable coastal resources. Management of land and resources in Samoa is very complex, and there is a delicate balance between the jurisdiction of central government and the autonomous rights of local villages which are protected in the national Constitution.
Lead company: Beca International Consultants Ltd

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Tsunami Hazards, Risk and Preparedness for Viet Nam (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: April 2007
With support from NZAID, GNS Science has recently completed a two-year project that aims to minimise the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis in Viet Nam. Such natural hazard events, although infrequent, leave developing communities particularly vulnerable to poverty. Through the project, funded by NZAID’s Asia Development Assistance Facility, GNS Science worked with its partner organisation in Viet Nam, the Institute of Geophysics (IGP), to build the IGP’s capacity to complete a tsunami hazard assessment for the 3,400km coast line of Viet Nam, as well as a ‘case-study’ tsunami vulnerability assessment for a part of the coast that is rapidly developing.
Lead company: GNS Science
Associated consultant(s): CPG

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