Rising sea threatens coast
RISING sea levels of 20cm could submerge and erode low-lying sections of coastline near Portland by 2040, according to a new Victorian Government report.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council report says modelling shows coastline such as Discovery Bay and Dutton Way could be flooded due to climate change.
The report, recently tabled in Victorian Parliament by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, also predicts sea levels to rise between 40cm and 100cm by 2100.
“Climate change is affecting average weather conditions in southern Victoria,” the report says.
“Increasing sea levels and storm intensities will intensify coastal hazards such as coastal flooding, storm erosion and long-term shoreline recession.
“Sea level rise will lead to more frequent inundation of low-lying areas, loss of coastal habitat, and cliff, beach and foreshore erosion.
“Climate change will also put pressure on ageing coastal infrastructure and ultimately impact on feasibility of living in or developing some coastal locations.”