Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New sea level rise maps released for Newcastle

From: ABC News

Hunter Councils will be better equipped in future flooding events, with today's release of new sea level rise maps. The Federal Government's Climate Change Committee says nearly five thousand homes on Lake Macquarie's foreshore would be inundated if sea levels rise by 90 centimetres. Thousands more dwellings would be inundated if the sea level rise was compounded by a one-in-100 year flood.

Australian Coastal Society President, Professor Bruce Thom says it is vital Hunter households are prepared. "The maps will highlight what the potential areas of inundation are likely to occur with different scenarios of sea level rise as projected," he said. "That will show households and businesses the potential areas that are likely to be at risk." Professor Thom says residents cannot underestimate the potential for massive king tides.

"The difficulty is along the Central Coast and in the Newcastle Area we have a lot of property that is very low-lying in relation to the high tidal areas and with sea level rise as projected that will get worse."