IESE Volcanology and Geo-Hazard Research
At IESE, we apply basic research to practical issues of volcanic hazard risk assessment and mitigation, and in the exploration of geothermal resources.
Working under the “Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland” programme, IESE staff have increased the fundamental knowledge of the Auckland Volcanic Field’s risks, and discovered, for example, Auckland's 50th known volcano.
IESE staff have also worked on scientific drilling programmes aimed at understanding tectonic and hydrothermal process at two active continental transforms: the San Andreas and Alpine faults. At these important sites, we have discovered, for example, new seismic waves, and begun long-term monitoring of the tectonic and hydrothermal activity.
Word of IESE’s expertise in these areas has spread as far as Saudi Arabia, where IESE is now engaged in a study of the volcanic and earthquake risk surrounding the city of Madinah.
Current research projects include:
A seven year research programme which aims to improve the assessment of volcanic hazard and risk to the Auckland metropolitan area. The study will inform the risk mitigation strategy for Auckland; New Zealand's largest city.
A collaborative research project between The University of Auckland, New Zealand and King Abdulaziz University, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to increase the collective understanding of Saudi Arabian harrats by conducting an in-depth assessment of volcanic and seismic hazard and risk in Saudi Arabia, and to provide a strategy and rationale for appropriate risk mitigation.