Enabling Coastal Adaptation

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Enabling Coastal Adaptation

State Active
Duration 2019 – 2024
Budget / Funding $1,100,000
Project Leader(s)
Judy Lawrence
Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
Paula Blackett
NIWA

Vision

Coastal adaptation planning in Aotearoa New Zealand is supported by detailed risk and vulnerability assessments and a suite of consistent and proactive guidance and tools.

Project description

Coastal areas of Aotearoa New Zealand are experiencing major impacts from rising sea levels and worsening storms which cause our coastal areas and rivers to flood. Traditionally used adaptation strategies that ‘protect’ and ‘accommodate’ are becoming increasingly ineffective, short-lived and expensive to maintain. Decision-makers in Aotearoa New Zealand urgently need new adaptive planning approaches, policies and tools that address coastal changes and allow for the uncertainties surrounding the magnitude and rate of sea-level rise.

Our research will provide decision-makers with the guidance and tools they need to proactively plan for successful coastal adaptation, resulting in positive outcomes for community wellbeing and safety, and resilient infrastructure, in the face of ever-changing risk conditions.

To achieve this, we are working with central and local government, hapū and iwi on four closely related sub-projects to:

  • Map exposure to sea-level rise and flooding risk, linked to demographic, social and economic indices.
  • Develop Aotearoa New Zealand based guidance and training materials for the implementation of coastal vulnerability assessments.
  • Develop flexible, adaptive approaches for enabling, evaluating and implementing Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning in coastal and estuarine areas.
  • Develop adaptation approaches for coastal infrastructure incuding roads.

Our goal is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with the guidance and methodologies for proactive and flexible adaptation to support effective coastal planning.

Resource Outputs from this project

Article

Climate services transformed: Decision-making practice for the coast in a changing climate

Lawrence Judy, Stephens Scott, Blackett Paula, Bell Robert G., Priestley Rebecca. Climate Services Transformed: Decision-Making Practice for the Coast in a Changing Climate. Frontiers in…

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Pathways to Coastal Retreat: The shrinking solutions ‘space’ for adaptation in low-lying coasts calls for long-term dynamic pathways planning now

Marjolijn Haasnoot, Judy Lawrence, Alexandre K. Magnan, Pathways to Coastal Retreat, 2021, Science, Vol 372, Issue 6548. doi:10.1126/science.abi6594

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Article

Ramping up social vulnerability assessments for coastal adaptation and transformation

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Article

Formulating a 100-year strategy for managing coastal hazard risk in a changing climate: Lessons learned from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

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Applying principals of uncertainty within coastal hazard assessments to better support coastal adaptation.

Stephens SA, Bell RG, Lawrence J. 2017. Applying principles of uncertainty within coastal hazard assessments to better support coastal adaptation. Journal of Marine Science and…

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Article

Climate change adaptation in New Zealand

Schneider P, Glavovic B. 2019. Climate change adaptation in New Zealand. In: Cutter SL, editor. Oxford research encyclopedia of natural hazard science. Oxford (GB): Oxford…

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Fuzzy cognitive mapping: Proposed assessment framework for coastal risk management project processes

Robichaux L, Owen S, Kench P. 2018. Fuzzy cognitive mapping: proposed assessment framework for coastal risk management project processes. In. Lynett P, editor. 36th International…

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Preparing for Sea-Level Rise through Adaptive Managed Retreat of a New Zealand Stormwater and Wastewater Network

Kool R, Lawrence J, Drews M, Bell R. 2020. Preparing for sea-level rise through adaptive managed retreat of a New Zealand stormwater and wastewater network.…

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A rising tide of adaptation action: Comparing two coastal regions of Aotearoa New Zealand

Schneider P, Lawrence J, Glavovic B, Ryan E, Blackett P. 2020. A rising tide of adaptation action: Comparing two coastal regions of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Climate…

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Anticipating staged managed retreat at the coastal margins.

Owen S, Lawrence J, Ryan E, Kench P, Bell R, Rennie H, Blackett P, Schneider P. 2018. Coastal management: anticipating staged managed retreat. Planning Quarterly.…

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Implementing premptive managed Retreat: Constraints and Novel Insights.

Lawrence J, Boston J, Bell R, Olufson S, Kool R, Hardcastle M, Stroombergen A. 2020. Implementing pre-emptive managed retreat: constraints and novel insights. Current Climate…

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The planning nexus between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Lawrence J, Saunders W. 2017. The planning nexus between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. In: Kelman I, Mercer J, Gaillard J, editors. The…

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