Tagged: Flooding

Thirty Million: Sobering look at the impact of sea level rise - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 14, 2016

A team of New Zealand filmmakers has released a documentary focussing on the estimated 30 million people in Bangladesh likely to be displaced by the end of the century as a result of sea level rise.  The documentary was funded by the United Nations and features a short, powerful interview with our own Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme and a front … Read More

Floods for you; sea level rise for me - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 21, 2016

Professor James Renwick With sixteen percent of New Zealanders living in the coastal zone, and two thirds in areas prone to flooding, most of us are likely to feel the watery effects of climate change. A new Royal Society of New Zealand report, Climate Change Implications for New Zealand, says your local council should be thinking about … Read More

Flooding, public health – and the need for more emphasis on prevention - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 24, 2015

Nick Wilson, George Thomson, Paul Blaschke (University of Otago, Wellington) Recent flooding events in New Zealand should make us think about the adverse public health and economic impacts. This blog post considers these issues, and suggests that there may be scope for further preventive action by central and local government so as to better reduce the health and economic impacts … Read More

Full citizen science flood map for Christchurch, March 2014 - Waiology

Waiology Sep 04, 2014

By Daniel Collins As a follow-up to Waiology’s article in June, here is a full map for the flooding of Christchurch on 5 March 2014. The map is derived from photos sent in by the public which were generally taken within a few hours of peak inundation. The blue colours represent the depth of water above the ground surface … Read More

Citizen scientists help map Christchurch flooding - Waiology

Waiology Jun 16, 2014

By Daniel Collins The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011 had a disastrous effect on Christchurch and its residents. But one effect could not be known until much later – flooding. The earthquakes changed the height of the ground across the city, raising or dropping the land by several 10s of centimetres in places. This meant that the flood risk maps we … Read More

Calling for Christchurch flood photos - Waiology

Waiology Mar 07, 2014

By Daniel Collins The flooding that Christchurch experienced on Wednesday was extreme, leaving many houses flooded and roads closed. To build a better understanding of how vulnerable different parts of Christchurch are to flooding in the future, particularly following the earthquakes, we would like your help. If you took any photos at or near peak water levels anywhere in Christchurch … Read More

Typhoon Haiyan: how does it compare? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 13, 2013

(note dates as of 8 Nov. 2013)   The Guardians’ Ami Sedghi has written a nice blog comparing Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastating damage and loss of life in the Philippines over recent days, to historical tropical storms;  Haiyan has been widely reported in the media as one of the largest tropical storms in history. Ami has also clarified the use … Read More

Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 29, 2013

From a natural disaster perspective, Australia is having a much worse year than New Zealand, despite our apparent penchant for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and the occasional crippling winter storm on this side of the ditch. To date, the Insurance Council of Australia has officially declared three natural disasters in 2013 (the Tasmanian bush fires, New South Wales … Read More

Map: Projected effects of climate change on New Zealand freshwaters - Waiology

Waiology Nov 27, 2012

By Daniel Collins Maps are helpful tools in communicating and understanding the potential implications of climate change. We have national maps of projected changes in temperature that show faster warming in the north, and in precipitation that show more rain in the south and west and less in the north and east. We also have national maps of … Read More

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