It is interesting to know that some regional and district councils in New Zealand have undertaken steps to gather information on climate change. One of these is creating monitoring tools for climate change vulnerable areas in their respective region.
Recognising the impacts of climate change, the Wellington City Council (WCC) undertook solutions to climate-proof the city.
To know the climate change impacts in Wellington city, New Zealand’s capital, particularly the effects of sea-level rise and storm surge on their infrastructure, the WCC created a resilience story map titled “Wellington Storms and Sea Level Rise.”
The story map provides valuable information about climate change consequences like sea-level rise and storm surge, affecting the Wellington city harbour area.
It shows images of the Wellington CBD section and what it would look like with rising sea levels. Click the image below to access the site:
Mapping climate change, the Greater Wellington Regional Council the Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Modelling shows a dynamic map of areas affected when sea level rises and storm surge would occur. CLICK on the image below to access the map.
Meanwhile, the Waikato Regional Council has put up the Coastal Inundation Tool that shows the map of the region and the sea-level scenarios on marked locations. You can also explore the identified places and see their susceptibility to coastal inundation.
These tools are something that you can ask your local or regional government to create (if they have not done it yet) as they provide information crucial for climate adaptation and mitigation planning and action.