Faculty Advisor

Elmes, Michael B.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Project Center

New Zealand


Tsunami caused by earthquakes pose a risk to New Zealand coastal communities due to its location on major fault lines. It is unknown whether coastal inhabitants are adequately prepared or even aware of the tsunami threat. Our goal was to assess and augment the awareness and preparedness of residents and visitors of the Greater Wellington Region (GWR). To meet our goal, we developed and conducted a pilot study in collaboration with the Crown Research Institute GNS Science. Based on the results of over 400 face-to-face interviews with the GWR population, we developed a set of awareness and education proposals to support the efforts of the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs