Peter Wood

Peter is self employed. Having previously worked for eleven years as an Emergency Management Advisor with New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, after working as a research scientist for 35 years with GNS Science (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute), and its government predecessors. Peter has many years of experience in research, consulting, and policy development for natural hazard mitigation and emergency management. He has worked in hazard and risk research in New Zealand, California, and Iceland, including developing systematic mapping of active faulting, seismic hazard assessments for hydroelectric dams, landslide stabilisation, digital data management including GIS for emergency management, and the development of emergency plans. Peter is an advocate for hazard risk mitigation having had direct experience of earthquakes in New Zealand (1968, 1987, 2010, 2011), California (1979, 1989), and Armenia (1988); and of severe weather and flooding in New Zealand. Peter joined the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management for the drafting of the first National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan under the new Act of 2002 and has subsequently worked on hazard risk reduction and related information management. Peter served as President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) 2010-2012. He has deployed NZSEE Learning from Earthquakes teams to Peru (Pisco) 2007, China (Wen-Chuan) 2008, Chile (Maule) 2010, and Indonesia (Padang) 2009 and has in return hosted learning from earthquake teams from other countries in Christchurch following the Darfield 2010 and Christchurch 2011 earthquakes.
Location: New Zealand , Wellington
Organisation: Self Employed
Role: Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management Advisor: Hazard Risk Management & Analysis
Areas of interest / Expertise:
  • A. Reduction of risk, readiness, response, recovery of the social, cultural, economic, built and natural environments. The built environment comprised of vertical (buildings)and horizontal infrastructure.
  • B. Information Management, as it relates to (A).
  • C. Remote sensing, as it relates to (A).