Emergent exposure of flood inundation hazards under future climate change in New Zealand

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Project Duration:  2 years (1st July 2017 to 30th June 2019).

Project Budget: $205,000 (GST exc)

One of the most critical climate change adaptation challenges New Zealand faces is safeguarding assets and livelihoods within coastal and river floodplains. The risk of exposure to people, buildings, infrastructure and land use activities remains unquantified for New Zealand’s floodplains. An absence of risk screening tools and national flood hazard map coverage has hindered this knowledge. Risk screening tools help identify high risk areas to flood hazards and prioritise adaptation activities to reduce or maintain risk at acceptable levels.

This research proposes to develop an open access tool to quantify asset exposure from coastal and river flood inundation hazards under present day and future climate conditions. This information is translated into risk profiles for comparative analysis of future emerging coastal and flood inundation hazard consequences for New Zealand regions, territories and urban areas. New Zealand researchers and practitioners can apply the risk screening tool in a wide range of climate change adaption initiatives to manage future flood hazards.

Contact principal investigator

  • Ryan Paulik, Hazards Analyst

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Email: ryan.paulik@niwa.co.nz, Telephone: +64 (04) 386 0601

 

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