Nicola is a senior paleoseismologist with 30 years of experience working on active faults, landscape response to tectonics, and seismic hazard. She has worked on the It’s Our Fault programme periodically since its inception, in recent years focusing on Hikurangi Margin subduction earthquakes. This field-based work aims to document the size and timing of past earthquakes so that we can better understand and plan for future earthquake and tsunami risk. Nicola also undertakes this work at other sites along the North Island East Coast, maps and characterises active faults for land use planning purposes and is very involved in the current update of the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model. Nicola is currently the Science Leader of the It's Our Fault programme.
Scott is a Natural Hazard Planner at GNS Science with a background in geologic sciences and resource management consultancy, and is currently co-leading the It’s Our Fault Science to Policy and Natural Hazard Planning projects. Embarking on a geologic sciences pathway was an easy decision with a love for the outdoors – mountain biking, tramping, skiing and kiteboarding – but it was ultimately the potential of events to impact society, having been at UC during the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, that drew Scott towards UC’s hazard and disaster management programme. Scott’s interest in planning and policy stems from the combination of his academic and professional backgrounds, where the interpretation, communication and use of science for legislative frameworks has the potential to reduce the risk and impacts of natural hazards.
Edith is a Natural Hazard Planner at GNS Science with a background in local government policy development and resource management consenting. She is an accredited RMA Independent Commissioner. Based on the West Coast, she has a passion for physical geography and natural hazards. She also brings experience in civil defence response. Her work at GNS Science is focused on facilitating science to land use planning practice. This aim is to improve planning practice for the management of natural hazards to reduce risk and support the resilience of our communities.
James is a Director at Urban Edge Planning, with over 17 years experience as Resource Management Planner. For a large part of his career, James has been involved in researching and developing best practice for land use planning in relation to natural hazards. James was involved in the development of the risk-based approach to natural hazard planning, which is now used by a number of councils throughout the country. He has also been involved in the preparation of several guidance documents related to planning for natural hazards, including for tsunami as well as the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Urban Development. James has a passion for improving how we plan for our cities and regions around natural hazards. This passion comes from being involved in the recovery of the Lower Hutt Floods in 2004 and seeing the personal impacts that arises from when people’s homes are impacted from a natural hazard event. James spends most of his time preparing District Plan provisions that ensure landuse planning takes into account a range of natural and coastal hazards. He has developed the risk-based natural hazard framework that is used by many of the Wellington Region’s councils to manage development within areas impacted by natural hazards.
Sarah is a consultant planner who works primarily with GNS Science and Urban Edge Planning based in Lower Hutt. She has a passion for natural hazards and climate change, and much of her work is focused on facilitating the translation of natural hazards science into land use planning from both a research and practitioner perspective. This aim is to improve planning practice for the management of natural hazards to reduce risk and support the resilience of our communities. Work completed under the It’s Our Fault programme to date has included research into the implementation of the risk-based planning approach, analysis of district plan provisions for slope instability and options for managing landslide risk, updating land use planning guidance for managing landslide and tsunami risk, and presenting workshops on translating natural hazard science into practice.
Xiaoming Wang is a tsunami scientist and current chair of the Tsunami Experts Panel, with solid background in hydrodynamic modelling and tsunami science. He is the main developer of one of the most widely recognised tsunami simulation models in research communities. IOF tsunami tasks have been focused on identifying and quantifying local fault source tsunami hazards and the challenges associated with tsunami evacuation in local events.
Andy Howell is an earthquake geologist who specialises in combining field observations with remote sensing data and numerical modelling to understand subduction zones. Originally from southwest England, Andy studied coastlines that were uplifted in past earthquakes in the Mediterranean before moving to Aotearoa NZ in 2017. He leads the IOF subduction earthquake task, which uses field investigations to constrain the timing and magnitude of past earthquakes on the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, as well as numerical models to understand potential impacts of subduction earthquakes around the Wellington Region.
Genevieve Coffey is a paleoseismologist at GNS Science who has a background in applying structural geology and geochemical tools to understand earthquake behaviour. Growing up in the lower North Island, she has always had an interest in how earthquakes shape New Zealand’s landscape, and this led her to study earthquakes and faulting in a variety of environments both in New Zealand and overseas. Genevieve leads the Northern Ōhāriu Fault task with Russ Van Dissen, which focuses on examining evidence of past seismicity on the Northern Ōhāriu and Ōhāriu Faults to understand the potential for future earthquakes on these and how they fit into the seismic hazard of the Wellington region.