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Snap the sea, see the future What could Australia’s coast look like in the future?

City of Sydney

Witness King Tides is a great opportunity to collect images and information about current king-tide levels that will be useful for the City in planning for climate change, vulnerability assessment and creating resilient communities.

The City of Sydney Local Government Area covers approximately 26.15 square kilometres, within the Sydney metropolitan area.  Sydney's rainfall averages 1,213 mm a year, with an average of 11 wet days per month. More than 40% of this falls between March and June.

Sydney Harbour forms approximately a quarter of the City's boundaries. The majority of waterways and coastal areas in the City of Sydney are under the executive control of various State Government agencies including the Sydney Harbour Foreshores Authority, the Department of Transport, Sydney Ports Corporation, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and the Commonwealth Department of Defence.

The City of Sydney comprises Central Sydney and coastal areas including the Rocks, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo, Elizabeth Bay and Rushcutters Bay.  Additionally there are low lying inland areas such as Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Rosebery, Waterloo, and Zetland where future sea level rise could affect water tables and drainage, especially if combined with wet weather and/or storm surge events and/or king tide events.

Preliminary climate change assessment work undertaken in 2008 by the CSIRO and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group indicates that sea level rise as one of the most vulnerable impact areas for the City of Sydney.  

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