Sea Level Rise & New Zealand’s Future

How much land will we lose to the rising ocean, and what will it cost us? A talk by the co-author of Local Government NZ's recent report on sea level rise.

Sea Level Rise & New Zealand’s Future

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Event type: Seminars

18 April 2019 from 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm 18th Apr 2019 12:30pm 18th Apr 2019 1:30pm

RHLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House

How much land will we lose to the rising ocean, and what will it cost us? Local Government New Zealand has recently released its report, Vulnerable: The quantum of local government owned infrastructure exposed to sea level rise, which quantifies the replacement value of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise.  The study details the type, the quantity and the replacement value of infrastructure exposed with different levels of rise severity, from half a meter to three metres. How bad could it get? Very bad: more than $14 billion of local government owned assets are exposed at a 3.0 metre increment of sea level rise.

LGNZ’s report is intended to result in stakeholders working together to ensure the long-term resilience of critical infrastructure.  At its core, this analysis is about turning a challenge into an opportunity. Study co-author Thomas Simonson will present these findings in detail at a lunch time lecture, and take questions from the audience.