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Project 4: MSP and the Impacts of Climate Change

Project Outputs

This project will explore and develop the evidence on climate change implications for MSP. A review of existing MSP will summarise best practice approaches for incorporating climate change in marine spatial plans.

The project will collect, collate, model and map potential spatial changes to the distribution of Ireland’s marine provisioning, regulating / maintenance and cultural services as a result of climate change. In addition, the project will also look to model and map potential spatial changes to the distribution of activities in Ireland’s marine environment, including potential for new economic activity as a result of climate change. This could include changes in fish communities and fishing activities, changes in species suitable for aquaculture etc. Finally, based on existing data and information, implications of sea level rise on coastal infrastructure e.g. roads, rails, buildings, utility networks, will be mapped and/or modelled.

Lead Partner: 

ABPMer (Lead), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, LUC, MacCabe Durney Barnes, Matt Rayment, IWDG Consulting, MERC Environmental, Birdwatch Ireland, Liverpool University, Exeter University

Duration: 

2 years (2018-2019)

Project Status: 
Project Outputs: 
  • Best practice on the approaches taken to deal with climate change in marine spatial planning
  • Vulnerabilities and opportunities for Ireland’s marine ecosystem services under climate change
  • Vulnerabilities and opportunities for Ireland’s marine-based activities  under climate change
  • Assess implications of sea level rise for coastal infrastructure
Project Cost - Projected: 
€250,000