Thomas Robinson

LecturerTom Robinson

Internal Phone: 90758


Research Interests

My research focusses on developing a greater understanding of earthquake hazards and disaster risk. In particular, I am interested in modelling earthquake-triggered landslides and their consequent impacts on people and critical lifelines. I also work on understanding how these landslides change and evolve following an earthquake and how this affects the longer-term post-earthquake recovery. My work involves a broad range of techniques including geospatial modelling, scenario modelling, risk analysis, and statistical analyses. I work throughout New Zealand and the Himalaya, including Nepal and Bhutan.

Current research projects:
1) Scenario modelling of earthquakes to deriving seismic risk
2) Modelling the evolution of landslides in earthquake disasters
3) The temporal and spatial variability of earthquake risk
4) The effectiveness of different earthquake mitigation actions

Recent Publications

  • Kincey ME., Rosser NJ., Robinson TR., Densmore AL., Shrestha R., Pujara DS., Oven KJ., Williams JG. and Swirad ZM. (2021) Evolution of Coseismic and Post-seismic Landsliding After the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 126(3)
  • Rosser N., Kincey M., Oven K., Densmore A., Robinson T., Pujara DS., Shrestha R., Smutny J., Gurung K. and Lama S. (2021) Changing significance of landslide Hazard and risk after the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake. Progress in Disaster Science 10
  • Robinson TR. (2020) Scenario ensemble modelling of possible future earthquake impacts in Bhutan. Natural Hazards 103(3): 3457-3478.
  • Robinson TR., Rosser N. and Walters RJ. (2019) The Spatial and Temporal Influence of Cloud Cover on Satellite-Based Emergency Mapping of Earthquake Disasters. Scientific Reports 9(1)
  • Briggs J., Robinson T. and Davies T. (2018) Investigating the source of the c. AD 1620 West Coast earthquake: implications for seismic hazards. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 61(3): 376-388.