This week we are to hear an address from Tom Logan
Tom is the product of two quake cities. He was born in Napier. He moved from one quake city to the other for his undergrad studies. Tom achieved a degree in civil engineering and another in math but still had questions that needed answering (what’s our plan for climate change, for example) so, supported by a Fulbright scholarship, he moved to the USA to begin his PhD. He spent a year in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University and the other four at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His PhD was titled “Integrating risk science and urban planning: Mitigating hazards and protecting our communities.” Tom’s academic journey was from the start to define our plan for climate change. He still has not finished answering that question, but has a much better understanding of how difficult that question is. He feels that it’s a question that, in many of its respects, we’re simply not addressing.
Tom has just moved back to New Zealand to take up the new role of civil systems lecturer at the University of Canterbury. His primary motive: to help his home become resilient, not just to quakes, but to whatever is thrown at it.
Come along and listen to Tom’s concerns and reflect together on what we as a City need to do to sensibly plan for climate change.
Here’s our challenge in one photo. Just imagine this is somebody standing on the waterfront in Sumner, or Redcliffs, or Brighton, when the water level has started to rise: