Rising tides and the future of coastal communities
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Citation:Noronha, S. (2016). Rising tides and the future of coastal communities. An unpublished thesis presented to the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, in partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3616
Climate change will have tremendous implications for the design of landscapes and urban areas before the close of the 21st Century. Current projections suggest that increasing temperatures will cause significant sea-level rise, and this will certainly change the lifestyle and shape of highly valued coastal development across the globe. However, present day mitigation techniques are still dominated by a process of engineering efficiency that tends to ignore social, environmental and economic values critical for the vitality and sustainability of cities. (Jabareen, 2012). New strategies can build on functional engineering solutions to add value through design for urban ecology and quality of life, and suggest an approach to coastal resilience that achieves mitigation outcomes appropriate to coastal surges, while retaining investment and engagement in the everyday life of our cities. Landscape architects are well situated to lead collaborative research at coastal edges and provide opportunities for resilient urban development.