The Council has commissioned several reports over a period of years to gain a comprehensive understanding of sea-level rise and its potential effects.

The 2017 report provides detailed information on inundation (coastal flooding) and erosion for the main inhabited coastal parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. Four climate change and sea-level rise scenarios have been considered out to 2065 and 2120.

The report is the result of a thorough and independent peer review of the 2015 Coastal Hazards Report. A peer review panel made recommendations for changes to the 2015 report and further investigations. These recommendations have been addressed in the 2017 report.

The report has been independently peer reviewed to ensure it met the panel’s recommendations.

2017 Coastal Hazard report

The 2017 Coastal Hazards assessment [PDF, 8.1 MB] for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is the most up-to-date information on coastal hazards across these areas. The report is a detailed technical document.

We've put together a summary [PDF, 1.9 MB] of the Report to help you understand the key terms, the methodologies used to assess coastal inundation and erosion hazards, and an overview of the mapping information across our different coastal environments.

2017 report appendices

You can view coastal erosion hazard maps in appendix H, and coastal inundation maps in appendix I.

Appendix Title Description

Site location plan [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Coastal areas of Christchurch covered by the 2017 Coastal Hazard Assessment Report
B Beach profile output plots [PDF, 1.5 MB] Beach profiles for 26 locations from Waimairi Beach to Southshore from 1990 through to 2016
C SBEACH assessment [PDF, 126 KB] SBEACH is a model that defines storm-cut beach material volumes and the horizontal movement of the toe of dunes. Appendix C gives the SBEACH results, used in the coastal hazard erosion assessment.
D Storm cut matrix [PDF, 389 KB] Inter-survey storm cut distances since 1990 along the open coast (excluding Sumner) in southern Pegasus Bay.
E DSAS maps including beach profile locations [PDF, 17 MB] Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is a model used to evaluate long-term shoreline trends.  Presents maps showing the rate of shoreline change at 10 metre intervals along the open coast, and the location of the beach profiles, along with shoreline positions from 1940 to 2010 with respect to the 2011 shoreline.
F Assessment of input parameters for long-term distribution [PDF, 276 KB] Detailed explanation of the methods used to determine the long-term rate of coastline movement.
G Site specific assessments of the Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbour environments [PDF, 3.3 MB]  Site inspection and aerial photograph information specific to four bays in Akaroa Harbour (Wainui, Duvauchelle, Takamatua and Akaroa) and four bays in Lyttelton Harbour (Alandale, Teddington, Charteris Bay and Purau).
H CEHZ result maps [PDF, 209 MB](external link) Coastal erosion hazard zone maps for the open coast and harbour coasts (the Avon-Heathcote Estuary and Brooklands Lagoon, and Banks Peninsula).
I CIHZ result maps [PDF, 106 MB](external link) Coastal inundation hazard zone maps for the open coast and harbour coasts (the Avon-Heathcote Estuary and Brooklands Lagoon, and Banks Peninsula).
J TUFLOW model description [PDF, 482 KB] Description of the TUFLOW model used to more accurately define potential coastal inundation in low-lying and wide flat areas.
K Open Coast CHEZ probabilistic model outputs [PDF, 772 KB] Full set of  the histogram and cumulative distribution function graphs from the probabilistic assessment output for each site along the open coast for the average sediment budget and reduced sediment budget scenarios

Presentation [PDF, 1.4 MB] from Council meeting on 9 November 2017 where the 2017 Report was received. 

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