Sea Level Rise Study to Focus on Thames

Prof Tim Naish is one of New Zealand’s foremost climate scientists.  He and Richard Levy of GNS Science co-lead a $7 million research program called NZSeaRise.  They visited Thames recently to assess sea level rise projections for the township.  Prof Naish confirmed that when land subsidence on the foreshore is added, parts of Thames have a very high local sea level rise rate of 14mm per year.  The NZSeaRise research will, therefore, focus on Thames (and the Hauraki Plains) because of the acute risks these areas face from rising seas.

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$0.5 Billion Reasons for Thames Coromandel Council to Sign Climate Declaration

Thames-Coromandel District Council has confirmed that $0.5 billion worth of its own community/ratepayer assets are at risk from sea level rise Radio NZ reports.

Council’s own data makes a mockery of Mayor Sandra Goudie’s excuse for not signing the Local Government Climate Change Declaration because of “unknown financial consequences”.Read More »