Sea-Level Rise Risk Assessment for the City of Cape TownClimate change is expected to alter the mean sea-level and the nature and intensity of sea-storms around the 307 kilometres of the city of Cape Town’s coastline. SEI and local partners were commissioned by the City of Cape Town to describe and quantify the risk of sea-level rise to the city, highlight key uncertainties, and identify possible adaptation measures.
Rising sea levels, high tides and storms, along with degradation of coastal buffer zones can be expected to damage real estate, public infrastructure, biodiversity and tourism potential, and will place the City’s disaster management resources under new pressures.
The risk of sea-level rise to the City of Cape Town could be greatly reduced if appropriate adaptation measures are undertaken.
The research is currently being incorporated in the City’s planning legislation, most importantly in the defining and upholding of a coastal buffer zone.