Sea levels are rising as a result of increasing ocean temperature. The exact rates and extent of these increases are not known and will improve as more data becomes available. Projections depend on the level of carbon emissions around the world.
Our planning scheme, the CairnsPlan 2016, has adopted the Queensland Government’s recommendation from the Coastal hazard technical guide (prepared by the former Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in 2013) for consideration of a 0.8m rise in sea level by 2100. This level will be used for the Our Cairns Coast project.
Further information and resources about sea level rise