I am currently conducting geospatial research on the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence on Christchurch City's infrastructure lifelines. This work is focussing on the potable water and waste water systems and the road network, to understand how ground deformation (transient seismic shaking, permanent deformation via liquefaction and lateral spreading) has caused the spatio-temporal patterns in infrastructure damage we see. I collaborate with members of the Christchurch City Council and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. The lessons arising from this research have important implications for understanding lifeline performance and resilience in future earthquakes in New Zealand and around the world.
My background is in paleoclimate and landscape evolution, and I have a strong intereste in understanding the dynamic interactions between seismic and climate hazrds, and their impacts on both urban and rural populations.
I also teach a 4th-year Geographic Information Systems course in the Natural Hazards Programme (Geological Sciences), and run a professional course at the University of Canterbury Risk, Resilience and Renewal Centre (UCR3), entitled Geospatial Technologies in Hazard/Disaster Assessment and Emergency Response.
- Bagriacik A., Davidson R., Hughes MW., Bradley B. and Cubrinovski M. (2018) Comparison of statistical and machine learning approaches to modeling earthquake damage to water pipelines. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 112: 76-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.05.010.
- Davies AJ., Sadashiva V., Aghababaei M., Barnhill D., Costello SB., Fanslow B., Headifen D., Hughes MW., Kotze R. and Mackie J. (2017) Transport infrastructure performance and management in the South Island of New Zealand, during the first 100 days following the 2016 Mw 7.8 “Kaikōura” Earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 50(2): 271-299.
- Hayes J., Wilson TM., Deligne NI., Cole J. and Hughes MW. (2017) A model to assess tephra clean-up requirements in urban environments. Journal of Applied Volcanology 6(1): 23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13617-016-0052-3.
- Hayes J., Wilson TM., Deligne NI., Cole JW. and Hughes M. (2017) A model to assess tephra clean-up requirements in urban environments. Journal of Applied Volcanology http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13617-016-0052-3 or http://appliedvolc.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13617-016-0052-3.
- Hughes MW., Nayyerloo M., Bellagamba X., Morris J., Brabhaharan P., Rooney S., Hobbs E. and Wooley K. (2017) Impacts of the 14th November 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake on three waters systems in Wellington, Marlborough and Kaikōura, New Zealand: Preliminary observations. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Bulletin 50(2): 306-317.