Urb-ADAPT: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change: An Approach Illustrated through Large Urban Scale Adaptation

Ireland’s climate is changing in line with global trends and this trend is expected to continue and intensify into the future. Climate change will have wide-ranging effects on all aspects of Ireland’s society, environment and economy, and this is particularly the case for Ireland’s urban areas. This is because all of Ireland’s major cities are located on the coast and are already at risk from sea level rise and extreme weather events. Although urban areas generally experience the same exposure to climate change as the surrounding regions, these areas are considered to be at particular risk (e.g. flooding, droughts and excess heat) because of processes of urbanisation. With urbanisation set to continue and intensify in terms of both density and extent, planned adaptation of these areas is now a priority.


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