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CoastAdapt : Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Communities and Habitats on Europe's Northern Periphery


The CoastAdapt project focuses on how people, businesses and local authorities will cope with and plan for the longer-term changes that a changing climate will bring, including for example: loss of land through erosion, increasing vulnerability to coastal flooding, increasing risk of avalanches and consequent effects on transport and communications, aquaculture, housing, agriculture, and most importantly on community confidence. A main objective of the project will be to investigate the environmental, social and economic impact of projected climate change and accelerated sea-level rise on sensitive coastal regions, and to develop a range of adaptation policies, focussed at the local scale. Extensive use will be made of computer generated visualisations of climate change impacts relating to differing greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. A core element of the project will be to involve local communities and authorities and to help with this, there are five ‘pilot study areas’ in each of the project partner countries. These areas are the Western Isles, Scotland; Tralee Bay, County Kerry, Ireland; Hammerfest and West Finnmark, northern Norway; and both Arborg and Vik municipalities in southern Iceland.

Project information

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Local Authority

Hammerfest Kommune (FI); Northern Research Institute, Norut Alta (FI); Department for Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NO); University of Iceland, Institute for Sustainability Studies; Árborg Municipality (Icelandic); Víkí Mýrdal, Mýrdalshreppur Municipality (Icelandic); University of Aberdeen - Institute for Coastal Science & Management (UK); Scottish Natural Heritage (UK); Environmental Research Institute - University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Millennium Institute; Environmental Initiatives Research Group University of the West of Scotland (UK); University of Ulster (UK); Centre for Coastal & Marine Research, University College Cork, Coastal & Marine Resources Centre (IE)

Source of funding
Interreg IV B Northern Periphery Programme

Reference information



Northern Periphery Region, coastal communities, participation



Climate impacts

Sea Level Rise, Storms, Ice and Snow


Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Plans and Strategies


Coastal areas

Geographic characterization


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