Tagged: GNS Science

Critic and conscience of a national science challenge - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 06, 2018

Troy Baisden By legislation, universities have a role to play as critic and conscience of society. Having recently moved to a professorial post at the University of Waikato, I’m taking up that role to initiate this blog at the Our Land and Water (OLW) National Science Challenge’s 2018 Symposium. The event is on yesterday and today in Wellington, … Read More

Extensive seafloor investigations to begin off NZ coast next year - News

Erica Mather Jun 02, 2016

The world’s largest geoscience programme has confirmed after years of planning that a series of unprecedented investigations of the seafloor will take place off New Zealand’s coast between 2017 and 2018. Hundreds of scientists from 26 countries including New Zealand form the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) who announced this week that JOIDES Resolution , a research … Read More

“Science on trial” highlighted poor communication - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 05, 2016

Convicting scientists for manslaughter following the L’Aquila earthquake wasn’t “science on trial” but a failing of communication, one of the seismologists says. Giulio Selvaggi spent nearly a year of his life in an Italian courtroom as he and five other scientists were tried for the manslaughter of 33 victims of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Their eventual conviction had a chilling … Read More

Surviving the flupocalypse! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 07, 2015

Picture this. A new virus, Mortenza, is sweeping around the world, killing millions. Despite all efforts, Mortenza reaches New Zealand and rapidly spreads around the country. In desperation, the Government isolates the tiny uninfected island of Great Barrier. How would this small community cope? Would they survive the pandemic? This is the fascinating scenario I’ll be exploring this coming weekend … Read More

GNS on quake communication – we can do better - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2012

The convictions of the Italian scientists of manslaughter has more relevance here in New Zealand than you might think. In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, the scientific community and GNS Science in particular came in for scrutiny over how effectively it communicated the risk of earthquake activity in the lead up to September 2010, prior to the devastating February … Read More

Herald infographic: hard rock may have worsened tremor - Visibly Shaken

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 25, 2011

Hard basalt rock under the Port Hills, near Lyttelton, may have compounded the effect of Tuesday’s earthquake by reflecting more seismic activity back at Christchurch. Like sound waves, seismic waves can be reflected, absorbed or dispersed, with hard surfaces reflecting them. Being reflected back towards the city in this way might also explain why there are such marked differences in … Read More

The gas almost works (more methane) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 27, 2010

Atmospheric methane levels continued to increase in 2009, the World Meteorological Organisation’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (summary PDF) confirmed this week. Methane averaged 1803 ppb over the year, up 5 ppb on 2008, and now contributes 18.1% of the radiative forcing caused by current greenhouse gas levels. The Bulletin suggests that “likely causes were above [...] … Read More

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