Coastal hazards

Coastal hazards embrace a wide range of problems including coastal erosion, severe winds, storms and tsunami, posing a risk to property, infrastructure and people within the coastal environment. Climatic change may result in higher sea-levels, increased intensity of storms and changes in sediment supply to coastlines. In addition, as coastal areas are developed and property values increase, the potential impacts of coastal hazards are also increasing.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

Protecting both your community and your coast line first begins with an assessment of the hazard and risk your region faces. For this, Natural Hazards New Zealand can undertake hazard vulnerability studies; damage and loss assessment modelling; and economic impact studies. When your region’s coastal hazard and risk has been assessed, we at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that good emergency response planning; land-use planning/engineering solutions; and community awareness can reduce coastal hazard impacts. As you will see from our coastal hazard-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives.

If your region does not have coastal hazard plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ coastal hazards projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on coastal hazards:

GNS Science