Kathrin Kopke
Research Support Officer
University College Cork +353 (0)21 486 4327

Since joining UCC in 2005, Kathrin has been working on research subjects of coastal management and planning within the Coastal and Marine Governance group. Kathrin’s recent work involves marine litter as WP lead of the FP7 funded Marine Litter in European Seas – Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility (MARLISCO – http://www.marlisco.eu/) and more specifically microplastics as WP lead in the JPI-Oceans funded Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in marine ecosystems (EPHEMARE – http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/ephemare). 


Kathrin is also involved in the Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA – http://mida.ucc.ie/) project, which concerns the use of GIS technology and Open Source web-based mapping techniques and the supervision of GIS internships. The MIDA is part of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN –  http://ican.iode.org/) and Kathrin is one of two co-chairs of this global network, which is a project of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange” (IODE) of the IOC/UNESCO. Kathrin’s specific research interest within the ICAN concerns end user requirements of a coastal web atlas (CWA) and how CWA development can aid communication of coastal and marine topics, coastal management and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).


Specific research interests within the coastal and marine governance group include adaptation to climate change, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and work involving the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), with focus on descriptors 10 and 11: Marine Litter and Energy incl. Underwater Noise. Kathrin has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, group facilitation, outreach and dissemination work, while addressing issues of coastal and marine governance through her contribution to several internationally funded projects such as:


·         the Coastal Practice Network (CoPraNet – http://www.coastalpractice.net),

·         the Coastal Research and Policy Integration (COREPOINT – http://corepoint.ucc.ie),

·         the Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe’s Seas(KnowSeas – http://www.knowseas.com/),

·         Interaction in coastal waters: a roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries (COEXIST – http://www.coexistproject.eu/),

·         the Geographic Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe (GEOSPECS – http://www.geospecs.eu/)

·         Making space for increased aquaculture production (AquaSpace – http://www.aquaspace-h2020.eu/)


Further information can be found on Kathrin’s UCC Research Profile