Our Changing World – The National Geohazard Monitoring Centre

From Afternoons, 3:35 pm on 6 December 2023
Four people on office chairs smile at the camera while sitting in front of an array of six computer monitors and ten large screens showing maps and data.

The NGMC: Dr Jonathan Hanson, Lachlan Hill, Ryan Brock, and Kimberly Presow. Photo: Claire Concannon / RNZ

Keeping an eye out for earthquakes is the bread and butter of the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre (NGMC). But the round-the-clock team of geohazard analysts is also alert for landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity.  

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The NGMC, based at GNS Science in Lower Hutt in Wellington, is part of GeoNet – the organisation tasked with New Zealand’s geohazard monitoring and response. 

Kimberly Presow has worked here for five years, since a new 24/7 version of the centre opened in 2018. She’s a shift leader now, responsible for one of the teams of geohazard analysts that constantly scan the monitors for any changes that might indicate a significant geohazard event.  

A network of seismometers, underwater pressure sensors, coastal gauges, cameras and international monitoring stations constantly feed data into this room, where the geohazard analysts are wary to any changes in the patterns.  

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