Posts Tagged "erosion"

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...

Read More

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...

Read More