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Climate risk assessment for North Queensland Airports
North Queensland Airports has undertaken an internal risk screening and risk assessment process using the mapping tools and guidelines published in CoastAdapt to better understand current and future climate risks to both Cairns and Mackay airports
North Queensland Airports (NQA) operates the Cairns and Mackay Airports, which are situated on the tropical North Queensland coast. Cyclonic activity, flooding and storm surge can damage airport infrastructure as well as impact operations. Under future climate change and associated sea level rise, these impacts are likely to intensify. To better understand climate risks to the airports both now and in the future, NQA undertook an internal risk screening and risk assessment process using the mapping tools and guidelines published in CoastAdapt. The risk assessment looked comprehensively at current risks as well as future risks in 2030 and 2070, producing a risk register that will inform long term planning.