Resilient Shorelines is a PhD research project being conducted by Shane Orchard at the University of Canterbury that is investigating responses to the Canterbury earthquakes. It's objective is to identify opportunities for achieving natural disaster recovery from an ecosystems perspective. Additionally, we are identifying potential learning that may assist with adaptation to climate change with a focus on riparian ecosystems at estuaries and rivermouths.

The purpose of this blog is to help communicate some of the findings and spark discussions along the way. The research includes several collaborative projects with partner organisations and opportunities to participate. Please feel welcome to make contact any time!

Research overview
The research address two central themes; natural disaster recovery and risks associated with sea level rise. The area of application is the design of practical adaptation strategies to manage large-scale change.

Read more on the Research page here

The people involved are:
  • Shane Orchard
  • Prof. Ken Hughey
  • Prof. Bryan Jenkins
  • Prof. Dave Schiel
  • Dr. Mike Hickford

Read more on the People page here

Funding and Collaboration
A wide range of organisations have already made substantial contribution to this research programme. Support is gratefully acknowledged from:
  • Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management
  • Marine Ecology Research Group
  • Ngāi Tahu Research Centre
  • NIWA
  • Brian Mason Scientific & Technical Trust
  • Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand
  • Coastal Society of New Zealand
  • IPENZ Rivers Group
  • Whaka Inaka Project partners

As the project progresses we'll be adding information on our findings and links to other work that may be of interest.

Ngā mihinui ki a koutou
Thanks for visiting!

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