Te-Whanganui-a-Tara will be increasingly exposed to climate change impacts including sea level rise, storm surges, flooding and slips.
"As a coastal city that is highly exposed to climate change impacts and with few options for relocating infrastructure, businesses and homes, it’s critical we enable evidence-based climate adaptation decisions in the next two to three years to respond to the climate and ecological emergencies declared by Council. We need new tools and engagement methods that allow everyone to understand the impacts, and to participate in co-creating a climate-resilient city." Alison Howard, Manager of Climate Change Response
The winning innovative concept
In 2022 Council won the prestigious Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, a global competition recognising the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations that help cities tackle global issues including climate change.
The US$1million prize money will be spent over three years (July 2022 – July 2025) to co-create an interactive digital tool to engage and educate residents about localised climate impacts and adaptation.
This project aligns with Council’s Te Atakura First to Zero Climate Change Strategy.
The project leverages the powerful data-driven visual storytelling capability of the Digital City Model/Digital Twin to support the Council’s community-focused climate change adaptation work programme. The project will visualise climate change impacts and explore adaptation options with mana whenua, scientists, and residents in an easily accessible, interactive format for all to use.
We are developing our Wellington City 3D model in the open-source gaming engine, Unreal, which will allow other cities to access and replicate our concept in their own context.