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Mapping tool for councils in Australia

Australia: The Department of Climate Change is about to distribute a new mapping tool for councils in Australia to identify which areas may be flooded by rising sea levels. The tool will be used to restrict development in vulnerable areas.

“The pilot coastal inundation visualisation tool will provide the ability to investigate which areas will be inundated under different sea-level scenarios,” the Minister for Climate Change, Penny Wong, told the national general assembly of Local Government in Canberra. “Decision makers will be able to zoom in to any area covered by the tool and select a relevant time and sea-level rise. It will enable users to identify areas safe for development and help reduce risk for local governments.”

The department will hold workshops over the next couple of months to show how the tool works. It will distribute maps showing sea-level rises to 2100.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald