Earth and Environment News

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30 May 2023

On The Conversation UC PhD student Erin McEwan discusses her new research to determine how floods and earthquakes can occur at the same time.

bush fire

15 May 2023

There is an urgent need to better understand the role of fire in the Australian landscape. On The Conversation Dr Nicholas Patton and Professor James Shulmeister discuss their work to expand the areas for which fire histories can be extracted and how this new source of histories can help broaden our understanding of fire in Australia.

Nicholas Patton and Johanna Hanson

12 May 2023

Valuable new information about the future risk of wildfires has been discovered in Australian sand dunes where researchers have uncovered the remnants of fires lit thousands of years ago.


04 May 2023

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have discovered a link between the frequency of rain events and the intensity of those rain events.

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24 March 2023

Research using innovative techniques has revealed the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake caused more land damage than initially thought, after comparing aerial photos of the landscape before and after the event.

Rehua building

23 March 2023

New international rankings have placed three University of Canterbury (UC) subjects in the Top 100 of all universities globally.

Bronwyn Hayward

16 March 2023

Five Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury researchers and a graduate have been elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi today.

Andy Nicol and David Dempsey

07 March 2023

Is New Zealand the next Glass Onion? The famous movie depicts a false idea of the future, using tiny particles of crystallised hydrogen for energy.


17 February 2023

A newly published University of Canterbury study may help town planners and policymakers design better services for those who live in their communities.


16 February 2023

MOVE Software Donation from Petroleum Experts Ltd helps Canterbury Researchers

A natural dam and glacial lake in Bhutan

08 February 2023

A new study identifying regions around the world where people are most at risk from flooding caused by melting glaciers could help save vulnerable lives.


03 February 2023

On The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Revell, Dr Michele Bannister and Master's student Tyler Brown discuss the impacts of the rapidly growing rocket industry on our currently recovering ozone layer.

Michele Bannister

02 February 2023

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have summarised the threats that future rocket launches would pose to Earth’s protective ozone layer, in a new review article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Wolfgang Rack

01 February 2023

Pioneering airborne technology developed by University of Canterbury (UC) researchers will be used to map and measure a vast stretch of Antarctic sea ice, revealing more about the critical role it plays in the global climate system.

Dr David Towns

18 January 2023

An innovative conservation effort conducted over decades has eradicated mammalian pests on all seven Mercury Islands, providing a haven for native plants and animals, 8km off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

UC Twin graduates

12 December 2022

Twin students Alyssa and Breanna Greaney are graduating from Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury this month with different degrees but a shared desire to serve their community.

Academic Promotions 2022

01 December 2022

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury celebrated seventeen newly appointed professors at the staff celebration Hui Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence this Wednesday.

Ann Brower Royal Society

22 November 2022

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Ann Brower’s tenacity in putting her research in front of decision-makers has successfully changed laws in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through tough journeys achieving wins for high-country pastoral land and making building facades safer, she’s learnt some valuable lessons about impact, advocacy and choosing her battles.

Christchurch city

17 November 2022

Professor of Human Geography Simon Kingham says slowing traffic down has further benefits to reducing crash-related deaths and injuries on The Conversation.

Great Barrier Reef

16 November 2022

On The Conversation, University of Canterbury Professor Jamie Shulmeister and Stockholm University Daniel Ellerton explain how K'gari formed Great Barrier Reef.


19 September 2022

Late last year, an international research team led by a University of Canterbury Antarctic scientist completed the world’s first global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought.

Dr Leanne Morgan

19 September 2022

New research shows there is a high likelihood that coastal freshwater aquifers extend offshore in the Greater Wellington, Canterbury, Tasman, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions.

Hector's dolphin

09 August 2022

New research using stable isotopes sheds light on how New Zealand’s diverse range of toothed whales and dolphins coexist.

Green hydrogen

02 August 2022

UC academics Andy Nicol and David Dempsey join Ludmila Adam and Kēpa Morgan to dig deeper into New Zealand's green hydrogen future, raising cultural and technical issues to be addressed, in an article on The Conversation.

Women Doing Science

01 August 2022

International scientists are using social media to both promote images of diverse women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and study how people respond to these posts.