Research Project

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.

Auckland International Airport 2020

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 to deliver New Zealand’s first national-scale assessment of infrastructure network service disruption from future coastal flooding.

The team will create and use maps of coastal flood risk to estimate impacts on infrastructure and resulting service disruption. The research will also investigate how the failure of a single network component can disrupt dependent networks far from coastal areas.  

PROJECT TEAM

  • Ryan Paulick

    NIWA
  • Conrad Zorn

    University of Auckland
  • Liam Wotherspoon

    University of Auckland
  • Ben Popovich

    NIWA
  • Scott Stephens

    NIWA
  • Sanjay Wadhwa

    NIWA
  • Tilmann Steinmetz

    NIWA