Dr Tom Robinson, MSci (Hons.) 1st Class, PhD
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
2017-Present: Addison Wheeler Fellow - Department of Geography, Durham University
2015-2017: COFUND Junior Research Fellow - Department of Geography, Durham Univeristy
2014-2015: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant - Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2011-2014: PhD in Hazard and Disaster Management - Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2009-2010: Undergraduate Year Abroad - Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
2007-2011: MSci in Geology and Geophysics - Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
I am an Addison Wheeler Research Fellow (2017-2020) studying earthquake and landslide hazards in mountainous environments, focussing on modelling immediate and long-term impacts of earthquakes on the built and natural environment. My current research has 2 main points of focus: 1) using multi-scenario analysis to assess earthquake risk to residential buildings and population; 2) modelling earthquake-triggered landsliding and its subsequent evolution and risk to built infrastructure. This research involves assessing the vulnerability of buildings and infrastructure on a national-scale, as well as statistical analysis of the conditions that drive landslide processes during and after earthquakes. The research aims to better identify the spatial variability in earthquake risk at national scale and to allow better incorporation of initial and long-term landslide hazard into earthquake risk planning.
- Earthquakes and Landslides
- Natural Hazards and Disasters
- Disaster Risk Management
- Loss and Risk Assessments
- Civil Defence and Emergency Management
- Scenario Planning
- Mountain and Landscape Processes
Indicators of Esteem
- 2017: Plenary Speaker - PATA 2017: Day 3 Plenary at the PATA 2017 Conference in Blenhiem New Zealand. Talk title: Near real-time modelling of landslide dams from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake
- 2016: Invited Keynote Speaker: Seismological Society of America AGM
- 2016: Lloyd's Bank Science of Risk Prize - Finalist:
The aim of the Science of Risk prize is to identify published research that can contribute to innovation and better understanding of risk in insurance. A key aspect of the prize is the ability of the author to describe the significance and potential applications of their research. The criteria for judging include:
- Relevance to the insurance industry;
- Writing style;
- Financial significance
- Quality of research.
- 2015: Jim Cole Prize: awarded in recognition of academic excellence during PhD
- Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Davies, T.R.H., Wilson, T.M. & Orchiston, C. Near-real-time modelling of landslide impacts to inform rapid response: an example from the 2016 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 2018;108:1665-1682.
- Robinson, T. Road impacts from the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: an analogue for a future Alpine Fault earthquake?. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. 2018;61:403-411.
- Williams, J.G., Rosser, N.J., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J., Oven, K.J., Densmore, A.L., Milledge, D.G., Robinson, T.R., Jordan, C.A. & Dijkstra, T.A. Satellite-based emergency mapping using optical imagery: experience and reflections from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 2018;18:185-205.
- Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Oven, K.J., Shrestha, S.N. & Guragain, R. Use of scenario ensembles for deriving seismic risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018;115:E9532–E9541.
- Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Williams, J.G., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J. & Bell, H.J.A. Rapid post-earthquake modelling of coseismic landsliding intensity and distribution for emergency response decision support. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 2017;17:1521-1540.
- Robinson, T.R., Davies, T.R.H., Wilson, T.M. & Orchiston, C. Coseismic landsliding estimates for an Alpine Fault earthquake and the consequences for erosion of the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geomorphology. 2016;263:71-86.
- Robinson, T.R., Davies, T.R.H., Wilson, T.M., Orchiston, C. & Barth, N. Evaluation of coseismic landslide hazard on the proposed Haast-Hollyford Highway, South Island, New Zealand. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards. 2016;10:146-163.
- Kritikos, T., Robinson, T.R. & Davies, T.R.H. Regional coseismic landslide hazard assessment without historical landslide inventories: a new approach. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 2015;120:711-729.
- Robinson, T.R., Davies, T.R.H., Reznichenko, N.V. & De Pascale, G.P. The extremely long-runout Komansu rock avalanche in the Trans Alai Range, Pamir Mountains, southern Kyrgyzstan. Landslides. 2015;12:523-535.
- Davies, T.R.H., Beaven, S., Conradson, D., Densmore, A., Gaillard, J.C., Johnston, D., Milledge, D., Oven, K., Petley, D., Rigg, J., Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N. & Wilson, T. Towards disaster resilience: A scenario-based approach to co-producing and integrating hazard and risk knowledge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2015;13:242-247.
- Robinson, T.R. & Davies, T.R.H. Review Article: Potential geomorphic consequences of a future great (Mw = 8.0+) Alpine Fault earthquake, South Island, New Zealand. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science. 2013;13:2279-2299.
- Robinson, T.R. Assessment of coseismic landsliding from an Alpine Fault earthquake scenario, New Zealand. 2015;258.
- Robinson, T.R., Buxton, R., Wilson, T.M., Cousins, W.J. & Christophersen, A.M. Multiple infrastructure failures and restoration estimates from an Alpine Fault earthquake: Capturing modelling information for MERIT. 2015;80.
- Robinson, T.R., Wilson, T.M., Davies, T.R.H., Orchiston, C. & Thompson, J. Design and development of realistic exercise scenarios: a case study of the 2013 Civil Defence Exercise Te Ripahapa. 2014;113.
Available for media contact about:
- Geological hazards: Earthquakes
- Geological hazards: Landslides
- Geological hazards: Natural Disasters and Catastrophes
- Australasia & the Pacific: New Zealand Civil Defence and Emergency Management