Earth and Environment News


21 September 2017

The University of Canterbury’s extensive emergency response leadership expertise is being shared internationally with a group of Southeast Asian disaster management experts.


13 September 2017

University of Canterbury Science and Engineering researchers have gained $10.7 million in funding for five Smart Ideas proposals and two Research Programmes in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s 2017 Endeavour Round.


18 August 2017

Low-lying, isolated communities on the Chatham Islands are extremely exposed to tsunami, according to a University of Canterbury student’s original research.


09 August 2017

Six talented young University of Canterbury students from India have received New Zealand Excellence Awards from Education New Zealand.


09 August 2017

Two University of Canterbury academics have won New Zealand tertiary teaching excellence honours in a ceremony at Parliament last night. Dean of Law Professor Ursula Cheer and Associate Professor Ben Kennedy of the Department of Geological Sciences both received Sustained Excellence awards from Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.


04 August 2017

A new look at historical earthquakes is leading to fresh insights for earthquake forecasting.


13 July 2017

How do we tell the difference between science, pseudo-science, anti-science rhetoric and ‘alternative facts’?

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27 April 2017

Congratulations to our Teaching Award winners, Ben Kennedy and Tom Wilson whose contributions were acknowledged at the recent Awards.

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27 April 2017

Congratulations to researcher Josh Borella, whose work on post-quake rockfall danger was recently published in Science Advances.


27 April 2017

Congratulations to the finalists in the New Zealand Spatial Awards, where Geography was well represented by both students and staff in April.

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26 April 2017

Geography staff and students have been recognised for their trailblazing effort to enhance links with the community and improve UC's sustainability.

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26 April 2017

Geography staff explained the difficulties of maintaining a balanced diet while visiting the ice in Antarctica in a recent video by National Geographic.

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26 April 2017

The College of Science Emerging Researcher Award for 2016 was awarded to Geography's Dr Malcolm Campbell.

Road cracked from Kaikoura earthquake

26 April 2017

Geological Sciences staff and postgraduates have been in the field investigating surface faulting caused during the Kaikoura earthquake.


13 April 2017

The University of Canterbury’s College of Science Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Lawson has won the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Professional of the Year 2016 award.

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23 February 2017

UC Antarctic marine scientist Dr Regina Eisert has been recognised for her work protecting the world's oceans with a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship.

Icetronauts use old bird to measure Antarctic ice

08 February 2017

UC glaciologist Dr Wolfgang Rack is leading the world's first EM-bird measurement of sea-ice thickness, using a 75-year-old aircraft in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

Ngāi Tahu scholarship takes UC student to the Ice

15 December 2016

A group of adventurous University of Canterbury students is swapping a classic Kiwi summer for sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica.

UC marine scientists come to aid of lost Orca calf

05 August 2016

A baby orca separated from its family is the focus of a rescue mission uniting University of Canterbury marine scientists, DOC staff and locals near Tauranga.

UC research funded in Deep South Science Challenge

05 July 2016

UC researchers have been funded $450,000 for new scientific research to help better understand our future climate as part of the government's Deep South Science Challenge.

GRI to meet geospatial data skills shortage

15 June 2016

UC's new Geospatial Research Institute will deliver world-class geospatial science projects and meet the demand for collaborative research with industry and government.

UC institute to build NZ geospatial future

26 April 2016

A new Geospatial Research Institute at UC is expected to add significant value to existing private and public investment in spatial data acquisition, application nand research

UC welcomes new Engineering Geology lectureship

22 April 2016

UC has signed a partnership with geotechnical engineering firm Pells Sullivan Meynink to sponsor a new senior lecturer position in Engineering Geology.

UC Connect: The future of tertiary education

24 March 2016

What can the five-year-old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year-old institution?

UC professor uses supercomputer to simulate quake

23 February 2016

University of Canterbury Professor in Earthquake Engineering Brendon Bradley has, using UC's Blue Gene supercomputer, simulated the ground shaking from the 14 February quake.