MERIT measures the economic impact of disruptions to infrastructure.

MERIT provides timely high-resolution data across space and through time.

MERIT provides options for affected communities and businesses.

MERIT demonstrates the impact to regional and national economies.

Latest case studies and publications


Modelling the Wellington fault line

With the release of the Wellington Lifelines Group report, Protecting Wellington's Economy
Through Accelerated Infrastructure Investment Programme Business Case, Richard Mowll from the Wellington Lifelines Group was interviewed about the project and its findings.
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Modelling a Wellington Fault earthquake

A paper has been published in the Australian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies (AJDTS) outlining how strong stakeholder engagement and integrated modelling enabled the development of a comprehensive and robust narrative to support the MERIT modelling of the economic impact of a Wellington Fault earthquake event in New Zealand.
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Evaluating the economic consequences of fuel outage scenarios

This study focused on using Non-Spatial MERIT to evaluate the economic consequences of fuel outage scenarios, with and without mitigation options to better understand the impact of disruption and potential value of mitigation actions for New Zealand. The project findings contributed to the Board of Inquiry into the 2017 Auckland Fuel Supply Disruption. The full project report is available from the MBIE website.


Development of reference economic futures

This project focused on developing three reference economic futures that can be used to test and evaluate investment decisions. They have been designed specifically for applications involving MERIT.  The focus in this work has been on determining possible future conditions in the world economy (for example technology change, level of environmental concerns) and the resulting implications for the New Zealand economy at a national level.  Read more

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