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Culture & climate change

Centring culture in public engagement on climate change How do people’s cultural values shape and influence the way they might adapt to the new realities of climate change? Rather than taking a reactive approach to climate-induced events, this research – which focusses particularly on the tourism sector – involves the design of effective and proactive risk management strategies to... Read more »...

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Climate adaptation, vulnerability and community well-being

Every regional council in the country, and over a quarter of our local councils, face extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels. This research establishes a community development framework for the way we adapt and make decisions about climate change. Over the coming years, communities will have to make... Read more »...

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Climate change and the withdrawal of insurance

Slow and sudden onset thresholds for private insurance retreat under climate change in New Zealand Coastal hazards are escalating with climate change. In particular, coastal homeowners can expect both sea level rise and more frequent and intense coastal storms. However, we continue to see demand for housing through new coastal residential development and intensification of... Read more »...

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How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared?

We are used to thinking of natural hazards as unpredictable, one-off events like earthquakes. And our legal and policy framework is set up for such sudden and unpredictable natural hazards. But sea-level rise policies should not be like natural hazard policies, because sea-level rise is locked in and gradual. Even if we stopped all greenhouse... 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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Flood mitigation schemes: are they working in flood-prone areas?

Flooding is the most economically damaging natural hazard in New Zealand. Since 2014 there have been over $300 million of insurance claims for flooding damage to homes, farms and infrastructure. Costs will increase as climate change continues to cause more flooding, and urban development intensifies in floodplains. This research explored several important and new research questions related to... 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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Infrastructure disruption from coastal flooding

National assessment of critical infrastructure network service disruption from future coastal flooding Climate-resilient infrastructure networks are essential for New Zealand’s long-term social and economic well-being. Recent Deep South Challenge studies have highlighted the significant present-day exposure of the nation’s transport, energy and water infrastructure networks to coastal flooding, made worse by sea-level rise. This research aims... Read more »...

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Adapting to compound flood hazards

Adaptive tools for decisions on compounding climate change impacts on water infrastructure This project will address compounding flood hazards on water infrastructure due to climate change. The research will investigate how flood hazards from rivers, sea-level rise and groundwater will combine either as extreme events (shocks), or as slowly emerging and increasingly persistent impacts. The research... 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 »...