Waimakariri

(Image: Ashley River / Cody Whitelaw)

Waimakariri: an overview

Summary – overview/map

  • Key points about what’s happening in this area
  • Making out coast more resilient to rising sea levels: Tuahaitara Coastal Park
  • Restoring biodiversity along rivers to help mitigate floods
  • Farm projects?
  • Wetlands projects?

Title: Name of project, location, or activity

Description, images, video

How this mitigates the impacts of climate change

Eg, coastal buffer against rising sea levels, clearing weeds along rivers helps reduce the impact of floods, trapping predators and eradicating wasps protects native forests that store carbon dioxide, so too does restoring wetland, getting rid of wilding pines reduces fire risk, et etc.

As new projects are added, more explanatory pages may be needed that go into more depth. There’s quite a bit of this in the nuts and bolts section, including biodiversity and ecosystem services. Some unfamiliar terms might be best added under ‘Explainer‘ near the end of each page.

Other examples will hopefully include things like farm foresty, restorative agriculture (soil biodiversity), and innovation such as using methane from cows to powered energy or feeding kelp to reduce cow-methane outputs.

Virtually any project that helps reduce or sequester greenhouse gasses or mitigates floods, drought, rising sea levels etc.

Resources: where can I find out more?

The idea of the website is to be an expanding resource hub. Some projects/places may be willing to share knowledge and expertise, so  suppliers of products, good and services to be included here.

Explainers

Term briefly explained here.

For example, this is from the  Antarctic page to explain the term ‘albedo’

Fig. 7 : The Albedo Effect. Clean ice reflects about 90% of the sunlight that strikes it. Dark ocean water only reflects about 6%. This aerial photo shows a small portion of A-68, the iceberg that broke of Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017 (Photo: NASA/ Nathan Kurtz)
Fig. 7 : The Albedo Effect. Clean ice reflects about 90% of the sunlight that strikes it. Dark ocean water only reflects about 6%. This aerial photo shows a small portion of A-68, the iceberg that broke of Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017 (Photo: NASA/ Nathan Kurtz)

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References and further reading

  • This may not be needed as this is not meant to be a ‘science’ section, but there may be some innovative components to projects where this might be useful.