Australia: Co-operative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Australia, developed the high-resolution maps with the federal Department of Climate Change. The new maps project probable effects of climate change on low-lying coastal areas of Australia.
The inundation maps, which predict the extent of sea levels in 2100, focus on low-lying areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, south-east Queensland and the NSW central coast and Hunter regions. The maps predict what would happen if sea levels rose by 0.5 metres, 0.8 metres and 1.1 metres within the next 90 years.
With 85 per cent of Australians living near the coast, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said it was essential to engage in early planning for the unavoidable effects of climate change. “The government recognises that coastal areas of Australia are a priority for adaption action, with many communities vulnerable to impacts such as erosion and sea inundation,” he said.