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Published 11 June 2020

Special issue call for papers - Kaikōura earthquake 5 years on

Photo credit: Professor Tim Little, Victoria University of Wellington

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics invites submissions with a primary focus on the magnitude 7.8 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake.

The Kaikōura Earthquake was the largest in onshore New Zealand for over 80 years. It ruptured a complex network of faults in the northeastern South Island, producing after slip and possibly co-seismic displacement on the plate interface. Ground shaking and surface fault rupture generated thousands of landslides that locally dammed rivers, causing widespread damage and closure of key transport networks. Damage arising from the earthquake disrupted tourism and farming operations, impacting both social and economic aspects of the local community.

This special issue will focus on understanding the earthquake and its’ consequences for earth processes and society. Potential topics of papers in the special issue include (but not limited to); aftershock locations and kinematics; geodetic and remote deformation analysis; prehistoric earthquakes on the faults that ruptured; landslide dynamics and formation; impact of the earthquake on sediment transport and landscape evolution; implications of the earthquake for disaster risk and resilience management and; the impact of the earthquake on society. These papers will review our understanding of the earthquake and present detailed studies conducted in the 5 years since it occurred. The proposed special issue will serve as a key publication on the earthquake and is anticipated to have wide application to earthquake science and risk communities in New Zealand and overseas.

We invite manuscripts from studies using data from remote sensing, geodetic, geological, seismological, social science and engineering sources, and modelling to understand the earthquake together with it’s impact on the landscape and the people that inhabit it. Significant new data continues to be collected on the earthquake, and the level of international interest remains high. This special issue will be a timely synthesis of the current state of knowledge using the latest datasets.

The guest editorial team includes, Andy Nicol (University of Canterbury), Stephen Bannister (GNS Science), Andy Howell (University of Canterbury/GNS Science), Nicola Litchfield (GNS Science), Chris Massey (GNS Science), Thomas Wilson (University of Canterbury).

Submission information

Please send a preliminary title, indicative author list and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript as soon as convenient to the chief guest editor, Professor Andy Nicol (andy.nicol@canterbury.ac.nz) by Friday, 7 August 2020.

The anticipated manuscript submission deadline is 1 March 2021 with the aim of getting the special issue formally published in November 2021. Individual article will be published online first with a DOI before it appears in the special issue.

Acceptance for publication will depend on the outcome of the normal peer review process and authors meeting critical time schedules. See Taylor & Francis Online for authors submitting articles to New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics.

Please direct any queries to Professor Andy Nicol.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi