NIWA joint winner of 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award


A trio of lead authors from NIWA has been named alongside the Ministry for the Environment and others as joint winner of the 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award.   

Rob Bell, Paula Blackett and Scott Stephens were among five lead authors who worked on the Ministry for the Environment’s updated coastal hazards and climate change guidance for local government. [Photo: Murry Cave]

The team’s winning entry notes that sea-level rise and associated climate change effects is challenging the sustainable management of coastal environments and the legacy-built environment. Its award-winning 279-page guidance takes readers through a 10-step decision cycle - framed around a dynamic, adaptive approach to managing changing risk across a region and at the local scale.  

Bestowed annually by the New Zealand Coastal Society, the Terry Healy Award acknowledges the achievement of a project which has made a significant contribution to New Zealand's coastal and marine environment. It's awarded in memory of the late Professor Terry Healy – one of the country's pre-eminent coastal marine scientists.  

Read the report: Coastal Hazards and Climate Change [12MB PDF]

Research subject: Climate change