“That’s an extremely high density of landslides – not something we’ve seen since at least Cyclone Bola in the ’80s,” Robinson exclaimed.
It’s provided valuable scientific insights, particularly for students like Julia Harvey who is doing her Masters in Disaster Risk and Resilience at the University of Canterbury.
“It’s really rare for us to be involved in an event of this scale so early on in our research careers. For that reason it’s really exciting to think about the wealth of knowledge that’s going to come through from this event,” Harvey explained.
What they have learnt from these landslides will be put into forecast models to predict how the land will behave in future weather events.
Those models will help authorities know what size some slips will be, and where to send first responders to in a natural disaster.
Massey told Newshub the information will feed into council planning and land use decisions, which could change where and how people build homes in future.
“That’s our hope, that’s exactly why we’re doing this work,” he said.