Posts by KingTides

Move it or lose it: How will NZ’s coastal wildlife be affected by sea level rise?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog

New Zealand’s coastline is home to a treasure trove of native species. Our flora and fauna may not be the biggest or toughest and many aren’t particularly coordinated, but they certainly make up for it in other ways. Unfortunately, coastal species are among the most vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise. The oceans are expected to rise a metre or more by the 22nd century and will continue to do so for several hundred years thereafter. Along with a heightened risk of flooding and storm surge, higher seas will also cause coastal inundation – resulting in changes to land and increasing...

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Adapting to sea level rise: Check out some amazing ideas for fortifying the future

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Blog

Sea level rise may be indisputable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t adapt to living with higher oceans – humans are pretty resourceful, after all. Coastal erosion and flooding – due to rising seas – threatens houses, buildings, roads, infrastructure, and wildlife habitats. The current methods for keeping the sea at bay are based on either hard engineering, using man made structures; or soft engineering, based on ecological principals. Examples of hard engineering include: concrete sea walls; ripraps (shoreline barriers made from rocks and other materials); and offshore breakwaters (boulders...

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King Tide causes flooding in the Marshall Islands – Highlighting Pacific Islands vulnerability to rising seas

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog

Last week, in our interview with NIWA’s Dr Rob Bell, he discussed how the combined effects of King Tides and stormy weather can be disastrous. Unfortunately, these synergistic effects were experienced in the Marshall Islands in the early hours of Monday morning (March 3rd) when the impact of a King Tide was augmented by stormy weather. The tidal and weather conditions caused storm surges, inundating part of the capital, Majuro, and some of the outer islands with 1-2 feet of salt water. A state of emergency was declared and hundreds of people were evacuated, around 70 homes were badly damaged...

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Photography: Giving a face to climate change

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Blog

Photography is a powerful way to put a face to climate change and help us see, rather than imagine through facts and figures, the changes taking place in our environment. One of the pioneers of raising climate change awareness through imagery is scientist and photographer James Balog, who has been documenting the changing glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere for nearly a decade as part of the Extreme Ice Survey – which he founded in 2007. James and his team risked life and limb in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth to set up 28 cameras at 13 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska,...

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Citizen Science – Part two of our interview with NIWA’s Dr Rob Bell

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog

In the first part of our interview with Dr Rob Bell, Programme Leader: Hazards & Risk at NIWA, he informed us that in the near future – potentially in just 40 years time – we could be experiencing tides as high as the recent King Tides on a fortnightly basis. Countless images of the February King Tides show flooding of roads, cycleways and land. The novelty factor of driving and cycling through nearly knee-deep water was obviously fun for many, but the novelty will wear thin rather quickly when this becomes a regular occurrence in the near future. Unless kayaks and paddle boards become...

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