5 May 2012

Scientists help councils cope with climate change

5:45 pm on 5 May 2012

Scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere have released a new kit aimed at helping urban councils plan more efficiently for climate change planning.

The climate change toolbox explains how to assess the risk of things such as rising sea levels, floods, slips, and liquefaction and shows how some councils are already dealing with those issues.

The toolbox has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and has been set up by NIWA, enviromental engineers, GNS Science and the building research company Branz.

NIWA's principal climate scientist , Andrew Tait, says some councils are well advanced in assessing their own hazards, but others will save money and effort using the ideas and expertise in the toolbox.