Webinar: How can our coastal communities adapt to an uncertain future?

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Join the Coastal team of the Resilience National Science Challenge for an update on their research activities.




The research team will present their recent work on coastal adaptation using the ‘Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning’ approach, the application of this approach to new challenges such as managed retreat, and ongoing and future work on enabling proactive coastal adaptation.


    • Assoc Prof Mark Dickson (University of Auckland): Introduction to the Resilience Challenge Coastal Programme
    • Dr Judy Lawrence (Victoria University of Wellington): Coastal adaptation and enabling managed retreat
    • Rick Kool (Technical University of Denmark & Victoria University of Wellington): Adaptation of two-waters infrastructure to sea level rise – Petone case study
    • Dr Rob Bell (NIWA): Future work within the Resilience Challenge Coastal Programme


This free webinar will be useful to anyone involved in climate adaptation and coastal planning within central or local government, iwi and hapū, and coastal communities, as well as researchers and students. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the research team. 

A recording of the webinar will be made available afterwards if you are unable to attend live.

The webinar will be hosted online using MSTeams and is open to all. You don’t need to download MSTeams in advance – it will work over a web browser. 

Use the link below to add the webinar to your calendar. We look forward to sharing our research with you soon! 



Webinar Speakers 

Associate Professor Mark Dickson  
The University of Auckland 

Mark is the co-leader of the Resilience Challenge Coastal programme, and is an international expert in coastal processes and coastal management.

Mark has focused much of his research career on understanding the drivers of coastal erosion and exploring possible future shoreline changes under climatic change and coastal management activities.

Dr Judy Lawrence
Victoria University of Wellington

Judy is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington and is considered an international thought leader on climate change adaptation. 

Her work on the development and application of the Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning approach in coastal settings is now embedded in the National Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance. Judy also sits on the board of the Climate Change Commission. 

Dr Rob Bell 

Rob is the Programme Leader for Climate Adaptation in NIWA’s Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards Centre, and co-leads the Resilience Challenge Coastal programme. 

A civil engineer by training, Rob has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning nearly 40 years working on coastal management, coastal hazards and climate change. Along with Judy Lawrence and others, Rob co-authored the National Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance. 


Guest Presenter: Rick Kool 
Technical University of Denmark & Victoria University of Wellington

Rick is originally from the Netherlands, and is completing a Masters in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. He came across the  Dynamic Adaptive Pathway Planning (DAPP) approach and thanks to the efforts of Judy Lawrence and Rob Bell was able to carry out his thesis project in New Zealand, applying the DAPP approach to the adaptation of two-waters infrastructure in Petone, Lower Hutt.