Climate Change and Coastal Vulnerability
Climate change and sea-level rise will have a significant impact on Tasmania’s coastline.
It is important to develop coordinated adaptation strategies that take into account the most likely changes. Adopting planning strategies that mitigate negative impacts and allow us to take advantage of any positive impacts are also important.
Adaptation strategies are constantly being refined as new information becomes available. While many adaptation strategies are already broadly incorporated into Government policy, planning and decision-making, a number of more specific tools and information resources are under development to assist specific stakeholder groups to further improve their response to climate change issues.
Climate Change and Coastal Risk Assessment Project
The Department of Primary Industries and Water conducted the Climate Change and Coastal Risk Assessment Project, developing tools and resources to assist with risk-based management and planning for various assets and values in the coastal zone.
The Sharples Report
In 2006, Chris Sharples released a report, commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries and Water, outlining the vulnerability of the Tasmanian coastline to the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. The report is titled Indicative Mapping of Tasmanian Coastal Vulnerability to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Explanatory Report, 2nd edition.
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