Tongariro crossing hazard awareness survey : public perceptions of the volcanic hazard danger

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Coomer, M.A.; Leonard, G.S. 2005 Tongariro crossing hazard awareness survey : public perceptions of the volcanic hazard danger . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2005/37 26 p.

Abstract: This study was completed as a requirement for SCIE 301, a third year, independent study paper at Victoria University of Wellington. A questionnaire was prepared, and a survey of 207 walkers was carried out on the Mount Tongariro tracks over the weekends of 7-8 May and 14-15 May, to gauge walkers' awareness of potential volcanic hazards. The survey results show a varying level of knowledge about volcanic hazards, past eruptions, likely future eruptions, and measures to take should a volcanic event occur during their walk. Walkers were also asked to interpret a pyroclastic flow map and to choose a preferred map projection from a choice of 2, and asked for comments on improvements to the present information provided about the Tongariro tracks. The results of this study have highlighted the need for increased public awareness of the volcanic danger on the Tongariro tracks on Mounts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. (auth)