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  • Title Meteorological Hazards and the Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the Wellington Region
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    Date published 1 June 2002
    GWRC Publication No WRC/RP-T-02/16
    Abstract In this study, the impacts of meteorological hazards and the potential
    impacts of climate change on the Wellington region are identified. The
    hazards investigated are intense rainfall and floods, droughts, landslides
    and erosion, coastal flooding, severe winds, snowfall and frost,
    excessively high temperature, lightning and hail, ex-tropical cyclones and
    wildfire. The likely impacts of climate change on these hazards over the
    next 50 to 100 years have been identified and the potential climate change
    impact on Wellington Region activities has also been reported.

    Climate change predictions given in this report are derived through the
    use of scenarios, in which a number of greenhouse gas emission
    pathways are constructed for the future, based on a range of plausible
    social, economic and technological developments.

    For each of these scenarios, predictions are then made for greenhouse
    gas concentrations and the resulting climate changes, based on scientific
    under-standing and incorporating science-based uncertainty ranges. The
    result is a set of several different climate “projections”, spanning likely
    future emissions pathways.
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