Posts Tagged "Climate Change"

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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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 – sea level change and what it means for New Zealanders

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog

Welcome to the first of our Citizen Science articles around the King Tides Auckland Initiative. Climate change is happening and sea levels are on the rise, but what does it all mean? We chatted to Dr Scott Stephens at NIWA, expert on coastal and estuarine physical processes, about the science behind rising sea levels and what it means for New Zealanders. How do we know that sea levels are rising? Analysis of reliable sea-level gauges worldwide has shown that sea-level has been rising at a steady rate of about 17 cm per century over the last 100–150 years. Modern satellite records collected...

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