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ScienceDecember 16, 2020

Best of 2020: 100 Year Forecast and the areas of NZ most at risk from flooding

Photo: 100 Year Forecast
Photo: 100 Year Forecast

All this week we’re looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, 100 Year Forecast looks at the future of flooding in New Zealand.

Watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast on our special interactive website HERE.

Aotearoa is a steep and rugged country. Our settlements are concentrated in pockets of fertile floodplains, around river mouths or along coastlines. During the last few decades, these places have experienced increased river and coastal flooding. As sea levels rise and weather patterns change in response to climate change, floods are forecast to become both more frequent and more severe.

100 Year Forecast explores what Aotearoa might look like in the next 100 years if we don’t take climate action now – and how much of a difference we can still make if we do. Each of its five episodes focuses on a different topic, from rising temperatures to rainfall and droughts and the effect on animal habitats, and projects a range of potential futures for New Zealand depending on what decisions we make now.

All five episodes and the special interactive website made for The Spinoff by Vanishing Point Studio are available now, featuring stunning maps and data visualisations from Chris McDowall, author of the acclaimed We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa.

100 Year Forecast is made with the support of NZ On Air.

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