Tagged: Christchurch

Citizen scientists help map Christchurch flooding - Waiology

Waiology Jun 16, 2014

By Daniel Collins The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011 had a disastrous effect on Christchurch and its residents. But one effect could not be known until much later – flooding. The earthquakes changed the height of the ground across the city, raising or dropping the land by several 10s of centimetres in places. This meant that the flood risk maps we … Read More

TDB today: up a blind alley (without a paddle) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 12, 2014

In this week’s post at The Daily Blog — Up a blind alley (without a paddle) — I ruminate further on the message to be gleaned from last week’s flooding in Christchurch, and how ignoring the shape of things to come makes for bad government and worse politics: What happened in Christchurch was not a […] … Read More

Lost in the flood - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 09, 2014

This morning’s NASA Earth Observatory image of the day shows the impact of last week’s heavy rain in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on the sea around. The light blue colours show sediment washed off the land. If you visit the EO page, they provide a helpful reference image: the region snapped from space in late […] … Read More

Calling for Christchurch flood photos - Waiology

Waiology Mar 07, 2014

By Daniel Collins The flooding that Christchurch experienced on Wednesday was extreme, leaving many houses flooded and roads closed. To build a better understanding of how vulnerable different parts of Christchurch are to flooding in the future, particularly following the earthquakes, we would like your help. If you took any photos at or near peak water levels anywhere in Christchurch … Read More

Sea level rise, earthquakes, and flying PIGs - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 16, 2014

The first major study to look at the impact of sea level rise on Christchurch and Banks Peninsula following the 2010/11 earthquake sequence projects a watery future for many parts of the city and its surrounding shorelines. The image above1 shows changes in ground elevation between 2003 and 2011 in the Christchurch region. Areas in […] … Read More

Blueprint for failure - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 07, 2014

I really really hope that the Christchurch Press's John McCrone is writing a book on the Christchurch rebuild. This weekend's installment in the Mainlander section, not online other than via PressDisplay, is must-read. [Update: Jack, in comments, points me to a now-ungated version.]McCrone uses the EPIC technology hub as exemplar of how government is blocking the rebuild. Recall that … Read More

Student housing - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 12, 2013

A very welcome press release from the University of Canterbury:The University of Canterbury (UC) announced today it plans to take some pressure off the Christchurch housing market by building accommodation for students in partnership with the private sector.Construction is expected to start next year on a new 240 bed hall of residence, to be completed in time for the … Read More