Coastal flooding to drive Kiwis to adapt to climate change

An Insurance Business Magazine article.

Growing flood risk will be the main driver for New Zealanders to make changes to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change, according to a study by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

“Rising seas are slowly causing a trifecta of impacts along coastlines in Aotearoa: increasingly frequent flooding, coastal erosion and even permanent inundation,” said Scott Stephens, NIWA chief scientist for coasts and estuaries. “Our research shows that it’s the first of these three impacts – increasing flood risk – that’s likely to be the main driver of adaptation efforts by coastal communities, and this tipping point is likely to be reached within two to three decades – sooner than many of us expect.”

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