In less than 100 years, it’s likely most of Queensland’s coast will be swallowed by the ocean.
New modeling shows the reality of the impact of Climate Change, and for Queensland’s south east coast, it’s not pretty.
Scientists across the world believe oceans will rise by more than a metre by the year 2100.
The website Coastal Risk, uses local geography and tidal data to show what that would mean for Australian towns and cities.
The site predicts key parts of the Gold Coast; including Surfers Paradise, Labrador and Biggera Waters, would be hit hard.
It also claims the Sunshine Coast’s largest suburbs, Noosa and Maroochydore, would disappear entirely.
Wellington Point’s roads would become rivers and Cairns CBD would become more of a waterpark.
As many as 140,000 homes across Australia could be inundated if predictions are correct.
Nathan Eaton, who created the website, said it wasn’t to cause alarm but to raise awareness.
“By understanding those particular regions that are most at risk, we can actually effectively adapt to the changing environment,” Mr Eaton told 7 News.
Sunshine Coast radio personality Samille Muirhead loved living by the water. But she said she’d noticed that every decade her home gets a little closer to the edge.
“It seems like one of those things that doesn’t seem real, it seems Hocus Pocus in the sky,” she said.
“I do think it will affect the resale because everyone is now going to be asking that question”.
Those concerned about climate change on real estate can buy a report which will calculate the impact of climate change on homes.
Dr Karl Mallon of ClimateEvaluation.com said homeowners wanted to have some understanding of how climate might affect the cost of insurance and whether their home might go down in value in years to come.
For more info check out CoastalRisk.com.au