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IMCORE : Innovative Management for Europe's Changing Coastal Resource



1. To demonstrate how the innovative expert couplet approach (i.e. collaboration between coastal managers and scientists using the principles of sustainability science), can help with the effective implementation of adaptive management strategies for coastal resources.
2. To improve the regional viability of our coastal sectors by developing common decision support tools and techniques for future planning.
3. To provide coastal managers with the capacity to implement adaptive management strategies by providing examples of strategies tested at nine pilots and technology such as visualisation tools, specialised software, best practice guidelines and a management process indicator set will be incorporated in a freely available Multimedia Distance Learning Tool set of tools / skills developed, tested and fine-tuned as representative sites across NWE.
4. The Coastal Management Comparator Data Base Tool will be developed to improve the capacity of decision makers concerned with coastal issues to quickly and easily compare and contrast their situations with respect to other management approaches in the NW Europe region.
5. Training Material on the Identification of Coastal Climate Change Drivers and Issues will be made available to build capacity for developing adaptive management strategies, by illustrating the historical context, drivers, and issues arising from climate change in the coastal zone of NW Europe, including case study material from each of the Expert Couplet locations.
6. Demonstration Technologies for the Visualisation of Coastal Futures covering GIS, Web Based Virtual Reality, and a Customised Simulator.
7. Local Adaptive Management Strategies will be produced to outline climate change scenarios and optional responses for each coastal location.
8. Multimedia Distance Learning Tool will be developed to fill an information gap that currently exists in Europe by providing a comprehensive resource to help coastal managers to plan for climate change impacts in their coastal areas.

Project information

Coastal & Marine Resources Centre in Cork National University of Ireland (IE) Mr. Jeremy Gault

CoastNet (UK); Centre for Coastal & Marine Research, University of Ulster, Coleraine, (Northern Ireland); Donegal County Council (IE); Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management, Aberdeen University (UK); Cork County Council (IE); Marine & Coastal Research Group, Cardiff University, Wales (UK); EUCC, The Coastal Union (NL); Maritime Institute, University of Gent (BE); Ctl Consult Ltd. (UK); Centre for Maritime Law and Economy, University of Western Brittany (FR); Sefton Council (UK); Durham Council (UK); MDK Coastal Division (BE); SIAGM, Intermunicipal Syndicate for Planning in the Gulf of Morbhian (FR); Aberdeen City Council (UK); National Maritime College Ireland (IE);

Source of funding
Interreg IV B Northwest Europe

Reference information



Adaptation, coastal impacts



Climate impacts

Flooding, Sea Level Rise, Storms


Adaptation Plans and Strategies


Coastal areas

Geographic characterization


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