Climate Change & Adaptation

MaREI’s Climate Change and Adaptation team are focused on facilitating planning for current and future climate change impacts and at a range of levels (local, regional, national and international). This work involves the development of accessible and policy-relevant decision supports (information, frameworks and tools) for climate adaptation. In addition, climate change adaptation as a pathway to sustainable development is an important area of research for the Future Earth Coasts project where it forms a key focus for work centred on the Arctic, SIDS, Deltas and estuaries, and Urbanisation of the coastal zone.

As an integral part of the Governance team, the Climate researchers are very much at the forefront in the application of climate and adaptation science in the context of local, regional and national planning.  As such, the team works closely with Local and Regional Authorities and National Government to ensure that research outputs are closely aligned with the need of the stakeholder groups.

For further information contact Barry O’Dwyer.

Core Research Areas

The Climate Change and Adaptation group currently leads and participates on a number of national and internationally funded projects and with the following core aims:

  • Developing accessible and manageable climatic and adaptation information;
  • Raising awareness and understanding around climate change, impacts and adaptation;
  • Increasing decision-making capacity for climate change adaptation;
  • Facilitating decision-making for climate change adaptation at local, regional and national levels.


  • UrbAdapt: Developing adaptation plans for the Greater Dublin Area.
  • ICIP3: Ireland’s Climate Information Platform
  • eSurge: Earth Observation for Storm Surge Modelling and Forecasting
  • EODAT: Expansion of EO Uptake in Developing Countries
  • CCI Soil Moisture: Producing the most complete and most consistent global soil moisture data record
  • EPA Adaptation Indicators: Developing adaptation and preparedness indicators


  • iCOAST:Integrated Coastal Alert SysTem
  • Climate Information Platform for Ireland – (ICIP2)
  • Climate Information Platform for Ireland – (ICIP)
  • CoastAdapt: The Sea as Our Neighbour – Adaptation to Climate Change on Coastal Communities and Habitats on Europe’s Northern Periphery
  • CLAD: Coastal Climate Adaptation and Development Tool
  • EPA Climate Change Fellowship – Climate Observation System Development and Analysis
  • EPA Climate Change Fellowship – Climate Observation System Climate Change Research Specialist – Impacts and Adaptation & Analysis


The prospects for Climate Finance in addressing climate change

A free public talk with Dr. Paul Oquist Kelley, Minister for National Policies of the Republic of Nicaragua

Stop, Collaborate and Listen for better Ocean Science - Part 1

In July, MaREI researcher Abigail Cronin set sail from Dublin port on the RV Celtic Explorer as part of a scientific crew of nine. While on the cruise, Abi wrote some MI blogs describing why she was on the cruise and what it consisted of.

Sophie Power Climate KIC Summer School Blog

MaREI Researcher Sophie Power is attending Climate KIC's Summer School 2017. Here is her latest blog on her experiences and what she is learning.

UCC Alumni launches new book on Marine Geomorphology

UCC Alumni Darius Bartlett launches new book in the UCC ERI Beaufort Building: 'Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management'

MaREI researcher on North South Atlantic Training Transect 2016

MaREI’s Abi Cronin gives us an account of her experience on the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT) 2016...

MaREI Researcher Author on New Publication on Marine Spatial Planning for Fisheries & Aquaculture

Anne Marie O’Hagan is one of the authors of a new publication on MSP for enhanced fisheries & aquaculture sustainability in the Near East

Cork Climathon 2016 Launched

The ERI and Energy Cork have launched the 2016 Cork Climathon to take place on the 28th October in Cork.

Climate Adaptation Workshops

The Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy are running a series of regional adaptation training workshops in September and October for Local Authority staff...

5 Questions on Climate Change

Professor John Sodeau discusses climate change and what Ireland can do to play its part in the fight against the phenomenon termed global warming...

MaREI scientist travels to the Arctic to monitor sea bird colonies

Seabird colonies extending from Ireland’s Skellig Michael up to the Arctic are being monitored with time-lapse cameras as part of an international project on climate change.

MaREI Researchers Guide Local Authorities’ Climate Adaptation Plans

The Environmental Protection Agency launched the publication of Guidelines for Planning for Climate Change adaptation for Local Authorities on May 26th.

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015...


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