Dramatic sea change forecast
Imagine future generations spending beachfront holidays in the family bach?
Or your great-grandchildren relaxing with their own kids in the same sandy spot you’ve enjoyed over countless lazy summers? Think again. The shoreline around Auckland will change dramatically over the next few centuries as sea levels rise.
The country is hammered by stronger and more frequent storms in a warming world.
And that means low-lying areas, including downtown Auckland, could be seriously affected, the Auckland Council says.
Climate change experts predict a 1m sea level rise by the end of the century.
But scientists have this month warned the actual figure could be as high as 4m.
Experts gathering in Auckland for an Antarctic research conference last week based the revised estimate on uncertainty around the stability of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
Drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions will protect some – but not all, they say.
And that could well mean a very different Auckland to what we have right now.
Wet feet: The blue line shows the sea level rising by 2m – coming to a beach near you.