Coastal Communities Adapting Together


Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT)

Start Date


End Date


Funding Body

European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme


Karen Foley

Project Partners

University College Dublin (host); Fingal County Council; University College Cork in Ireland; Cardiff University, Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum; Port of Milford Haven in Wales.

Principal Investigators

Cathal O’Mahony

Project Manager

Brenda McNally

Research Area

Climate Change Adaptation; Community Engagement


CCAT Project


The CCAT project aims to support coastal communities in Fingal (Ireland) and Pembrokeshire (Wales) in understanding climate change and how to adapt. The project is led by University College Dublin in partnership with Fingal County Council and University College Cork/MaREI in Ireland, and Cardiff University, Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, and the Port of Milford Haven in Wales. The CCAT project recognizes that the Irish Sea and its coastal communities are directly impacted by climate change and aims to respond by helping to build resilience (adaptive capacity to change); facilitate marine and climate citizenship; and realize the potential of the Irish Sea region. The project is working to engage communities through observation and sense-making of their environment and co-creation of solutions to identified challenges through various mechanisms including participatory mapping, knowledge exchange workshops, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Geodesign, Geo games, and the production of learning resources such as didactic videos.



Pauline Power

CCAT Research Communications and IT Officer

UCD Landscape Architecture

UCD Earth Institute, Rm E4.47

O’Brien Centre for Science (East)

Belfield, Dublin 4


Email: ei.dcu@rewop.eniluap

Tel: +353 85 179 3005




Alex Cameron-Smith

Community and Climate Change Engagement Coordinator

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum

2nd Floor, Pier House

Pier Road

Pembrokeshire, SA72 6TR


Email: ku.gro.muroflatsaocerihsekorbmep@htims-noremac.xela

Tel: +44 7572 364 195



Stori, F. T. and O’Mahony, C. (2021) Coastal climate adaptation in Ireland: The effects of climate change in Portrane (Fingal, Co. Dublin) and future perspectives. Cork, Ireland: MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine.

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