New Zealand Palaeo-Tsunami Database

The New Zealand Palaeo Tsunami database has been updated and officially re-launched here:

New Zealand Palaeotsunami Database

The purpose of this Database is to increase awareness of New Zealand’s tsunami hazard and facilitate processing and analysis of palaeotsunami information. It consolidates a wide range of published and unpublished research contributions from a range of institutions and science providers, both domestic and overseas, on palaeotsunamis in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The Database is based on the work of former NIWA earth scientist, Professor James Goff of the University of New South Wales, Australia; and is provided by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) and the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) (together, the Providers)1. This information is freely available to you.

The visualization tools and techniques for the database were first conceived by Dr. Jose Borrero of eCoast Marine Consulting and Research after working with his friends at dumpark creative industries and seeing what they could do with scientific, geographically based data sets. A prototype database visualization tool was developed to show the potential and this idea was eventually picked up by Marion Schoenfeld at Environment Canterbury and Dr. Darren King at NIWA as the preferred platform for visualizing the final data set.