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Climate change risk assessment for land-based activities

This project aims to give land stewards a greater understanding on the most suitable crop options for their land, by providing a holistic understanding of the benefits and consequences of the options. The vision for this research is to identify a greater range of suitable land opportunities and more diverse benefits for New Zealand. Climate... Read more »...

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Sea level rise, housing and insurance: Liability and compensation

This project looked at the question of sea level rise and insurance. It investigated the “tipping points” at which insurance companies might decide to refuse insurance to coastal property owners, and asked, what will happen next? To what extent can or should homeowners rely on the EQC, or on local or central government, to compensate them if their... Read more »...

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Risk-based flood insurance pricing

Consequences, adaptation and policy in a changing market The property insurance market faces multiple stressors from increasing hazards, including floods, sea level rise and landslips. Concerns are emerging about the long-term viability of coastal insurance. It’s increasingly understood that insurers will turn to risk-based pricing to maintain coverage. On the one hand, this does encourage adaptation and better aligns payment with those... Read more »...

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National flood risks & climate change

Emergent exposure of flood inundation hazards under future climate change in New Zealand Floods are some of New Zealand’s most frequent, most damaging and most disruptive natural hazards. As our climate changes, flooding caused by both increased rainfall and rising sea levels – in coastal areas and on floodplains – is expected to increase. As... Read more »...

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Climate impacts on the national water cycle

National hydrological and water resource impacts of climate change This century, climate change will alter New Zealand’s natural water cycle significantly. It will change how much rain and snow we receive, and at what time of year. It will change how much water is stored in the soil, snow, glaciers and aquifers. It will change... Read more »...

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Climate change impacts on NZ electricity

Simulation of climate change impacts on the New Zealand energy system Electricity underpins every facet of our lives, and impacts our social and economic well-being. Climate change is expected to cause significant changes to both the demand and supply sides of electricity. Both government and industry are alive to the importance of balancing the “energy trilemma”... Read more »...

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Stormwater, wastewater and climate change

Impacts on our economy, environment, culture and society We don’t yet know how climate change will impact our critical stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. We also don’t know the extent to which climate change-induced damage to this infrastructure might directly, or indirectly, impact our economy, environment, culture and society. This project, now complete, explored these potential... Read more »...

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Primary sector preparedness for climate change

Rapid and slow-onset climate changes to the primary sector: evaluating the role and cost of adaptation on resilience Climate change presents unprecedented challenges to our primary sector. Yet significant gaps exist in our understanding of its impacts on agriculture, the costs of these impacts, and the most effective and equitable ways to adapt. Through a suite of... Read more »...

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Climate change & its effect on our agricultural land

Land-use suitability: incorporating climate change impacts The primary sector has been a key part of New Zealand’s growth for a long time. Agriculture, forestry and fishing are all central to our modern economy. In the past, a piece of land’s suitability for agriculture was measured by its capacity for sustained production. That’s no longer enough... Read more »...

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Climate, water and wine

Enabling adaptation to interacting stressors  Primary industries must adapt to multiple interacting and compounding pressures. Apart from climate change, the industry presents management challenges, complicated decision making and, in some cases, accelerating system-wide transformation. Wine and viticulture is New Zealand’s fastest growing primary industry, with urgent adaptation needs that have not yet been addressed. Focussing on... Read more »...