Posts Tagged "Inundation"

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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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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