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Mapping the human landscape of greater South Dunedin

Wednesday 30 March 2016 12:51pm


Leigh McKenzie (Summer student)

Dr Janet Stephenson

Dr Caroline Orchiston

Project Date

November 2016 to January 2017

Project Description

A 10 week research project was carried out over the summer  of 2016/2017 with the target of gaining a better picture of what is most vulnerable to sea level rise in the greater south Dunedin area. This area has been identified by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment as the most vulnerable to sea level rise in New Zealand. Its vulnerability is due to its low lying nature, proximity to the coast, geological past, and dense population.
In order to gain a better understanding of what is most at risk, existing data was collated by Leigh McKenzie, Janet Stephenson, and Caroline Orchiston to create a geodatabase which contains all existing information and data on the area. The result provides an insight to the demographics, social assets, physical environment and history of the area.


A webmap was  created to make a sample of the data available to the public, accessed via the link below. The full database can also be made available through the Centre for Sustainability or the University of Otago's School of Surveying.

Human Landscape of greater South Dunedin webmap

Users Guide to Greater South Dunedin Geodatabase