Research seminar: Flood Mitigation Schemes

Date Wednesday 12 September 2018
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where MSB1.03, Level One, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Dr Patrick Walsh, Senior economist at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Admission Cost Free

Dr Patrick Walsh, senior economist at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, will give a talk at Waikato Management School on 12 September about his research on the impact of floods; the most economically damaging natural hazard in New Zealand.

As a result of climate change and rising sea levels, the intensity and frequency of floods is only projected to increase in the coming decades. At the same time, New Zealanders are increasingly moving into populated places with elevated flood risk, where floods damage both homes and businesses.

Dr Walsh says a common method of managing flood risk in New Zealand is through flood mitigation schemes, whereby flood-related infrastructure is partially funded via targeted property rates.

However, there is a surprising lack of research on these kind of schemes, he says. His work, which is part of a Deep South National Science Challenge project, investigates several aspects of the schemes.

Dr Walsh's main area of research is in environmental economics, with a focus on environmental valuation, hazards, and benefit cost analysis. He is currently working on projects related to biodiversity, water quality, erosion, invasive species, and climate change.

Before coming to Manaaki Whenua, Dr Walsh was an economist at the National Center for Environmental Economics at the US Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, he analysed the impact of environmental policies and conducted environmental research.

The talk starts at 1pm and will be held in room MSB.1.03 in Waikato Management School. Everyone is welcome.