Virtual reality brings flood risk to life

The GRI Director, Professor Matthew Wilson, has been awarded funding from an EQC Biennial grant. The project called “virtually flooded” has been developed in partnership with leaders from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT) and has been featured  in a recent TechWeek EQC article entitled, “Tech-savvy scientists are helping New Zealanders prepare for natural hazards.” This […]

PhD Opportunity (fees and stipend scholarship included) – Landscape Evolution of Cultural Heritage Landscapes and Anthropogenic Landforms

Aim: To model spatio-temporal evolution of landscapes of cultural relevance to Indigenous Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and model future evolution of engineered landforms. Summary: In this research quantitative terrain analysis will characterize modern landscapes, and Community Surface Dynamics Modelling System (CSDMS) tools will be use to model future evolution under different land use and climate […]

Visiting PhD Student, Joe Lillis

GRI has a visiting PhD student from Exeter University in the UK. Joe Lillis has been working on a thesis that aims to map how greenspace, air pollution, and traffic noise impacts mental health in the UK. While at UC, Joe has helped the GeoHealth Lab create a greenspace national composite for New Zealand based […]


The GRI was well represented at the MIGARS conference (International Conference on Machine Intelligence for Geoanalytics and Remote Sensing ) in Wellington this week. Congrats on all the posters and talks.

Six papers on machine learning from GRI to be presented at MIGARS 2024

Thrilling work in machine learning developed in the GRI is going to be presented in the forthcoming 2024 MIGARs International Conference on Machine Intelligence for Geoanalytics and Remote Sensing. The papers are: Detecting Vegetated Wetlands of New Zealand through Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning- Saif Khan Learning with Image Guidance for Digital Elevation Model Super-Resolution […]

Dr Matthew Hobbs is lead author on a new research paper

A recent international study led by Dr Matthew Hobbs, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory in the Geospatial Research Institute at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), sought to throw some light on these underlying factors. Joining him in the endeavour were UK researchers from the University of Essex, […]

How much habitat is enough?

In this seminar, Dr Cristina Banks-Leite will talk about ecological thresholds as a was to estimate the minimum amount of habitat required to preserve biodiversity, and how the position of thresholds changes across biomes world-wide.