Rising sea levels: Mapping Sunshine Coast risk areas
UPDATE: It seems the climate change flood mapping website released today has been a huge hit.
So much so that we haven't been able to access the site properly since this morning to analyse the mapping data, as it appears there are plenty of others doing the same thing blocking up the access.
We'll endeavour to update as soon as we can reach the inundation models again this afternoon.
In the meantime, why not leave us a comment on what you think might be the worst-hit suburbs and why?
IS YOUR home or favourite coastal area vulnerable to rising sea level driven by climate change?
From today, you can find out, using the newly-released Coastal Risk Australia website, which charts most of Australia's coastline and maps how rising sea levels could encroach on cities, towns and beaches under three scientific scenarios.
The website shows that iconic beaches and tourism draw cards like Noosa Heads and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory will be among the places vulnerable to rising sea levels.
NGIS Australia built the website based on an earlier model used to map sea level rise in the Pacific Islands.
NGIS Australia principal consultant Nathan Eaton said it was difficult for people to appreciate what rising sea levels in decades to come could mean for their homes, community and the places they love.
"Maps are a universal language that everyone can understand," he said.
"This website allows every Australian to visualise our climate change future with pinpoint accuracy, and gain a better understanding of how rising sea levels will affect our coastline, neighbourhoods and favourite places.
"Our main goal is to raise awareness of how sea-level rise will effect the places we live, but this will also help all Australians prepare for change, from all levels of government, in policy, conservation and community engagement."
More than 80 percent of Australians live near the coast and a Climate Council report has already warned that future sea level rises could put more than $200 billion of infrastructure at risk.
Across the globe, sea levels have risen an average of 17cm over the course of the 20th century.
Average sea-level rise around Australia has been at a similar level.
Scientists are forecasting sea levels will rise between 0.4-1.1m over the remainder of this century depending on how rapidly the world reduces emissions of greenhouse gases.
Coastal Risk Australia mapping shows that if sea-levels around Australia rise by 0.74 metres by the end of this century.
VULNERABLE PLACES IN QUEENSLAND
• Sunshine Coast
• Moreton Bay area
• The Gold Coast
Visit coastalrisk.com.au to find out more.