Communities urged to plan for rising sea levels

Communities urged to plan for rising sea levels – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council is hosting a series of seminars in Geraldton to discuss how coastal communities can prepare for the impact of rising sea levels.

The forums, which start next week, are designed to inform communities on how to identify vulnerable coastal areas and how they can be protected from climate change.

Coastal management experts will outline how climate change is likely to affect the coast through permanent and temporary inundation, storm erosion and coastal recession.

Ashley Robb from the council says future planning strategies in coastal communities need to take notice of the effects of rising sea levels.

“Coastal change is not something to be concerned about but it’s something that we need to be aware of as a community and we also need to learn about our coastal systems and what they’re doing, where they’re eroding, just how they are changing and how we can plan for that,” he said.

“[The] sea level is rising in Western Australia and it will continue to rise another 80 centimetres by 2100 and and they’ve adjusted State Government policy for that which will affect coastal development, so the data is there and the science is there, we need to adapt as communities.”