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Using data to assess coastal hazard in Townsville
Townsville City Council has gathered and developed data sets in undertaking their Coastal Hazard Assessment Strategy to help prioritise action, resourcing and timing for adaptation
Townsville City Council gathered and developed data sets that would help them understand which council, community and private properties would be at risk of coastal flooding for a sea level rise of 0.8 m and storm tide inundation in 2100. Maps were produced to show those areas at risk of flooding in the future. This information, along with stakeholder input and economic modelling, was used to identify, assess and rank adaptation options. The council has used the results to help keep a focus on adaptation through prioritising actions, understanding resource needs and working out the optimum timing of action. The findings of the Coastal Hazard Assessment Strategy (CHAS) have been incorporated in the most recent Townsville City Plan.