Natural Resources Engineering

  • Hydro station on EPE field trip



Natural Resources engineers protect, improve, and maintain the sustainability of the natural resources we depend on. These resources include land, soils, water, the air and atmosphere, renewable energy, and biological resources (including agriculture and horticulture).

Natural resources engineering takes into consideration both the impact of humans on natural systems, and vice-versa. Specialists in this field work in interdisciplinary teams and partner with communities including mana whenua to come up with creative approaches to solve the complex and large-scale challenges facing our communities, like their development, food production, and the conservation and management of our natural resources.

Natural resources engineers are:

  • planners, designers, constructors, and operators of the built environment (the spaces where people live and our communities’ infrastructure systems)
  • kaitiaki (stewards of our natural environment)
  • innovators and integrators of ideas, people, and technology
  • managers of risk and uncertainty
  • leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public policy pertaining to the built environment and our community.

Contact us

Pūhanga Metarahi me te Rawa Taiao | Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 3113

Level 4, Civil-Mechanical Engineering building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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