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Adapting to Climate Change on the Coasts of Ireland: Lessons from California: How the Pacific can enlighten the Atlantic?

Mcmahon, Cillian LU (2015) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20151
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Coastal areas throughout the world are vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. The
warming of the world’s oceans, and the consequent rise in sea levels, will result in more severe
coastal flooding, in accelerated erosion, and in the increased occurrence of extreme weather
events. The large proportion of the world’s population who reside within close proximity of
the coast will face serious challenges in dealing with the predicted changes to our coastlines.
Due to its location on the periphery of the North Atlantic Ocean, and being a country with a
large concentration of development located in coastal areas, Ireland will be exceptionally
susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Ireland’s ability to adapt to the impacts... (More)
Coastal areas throughout the world are vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. The
warming of the world’s oceans, and the consequent rise in sea levels, will result in more severe
coastal flooding, in accelerated erosion, and in the increased occurrence of extreme weather
events. The large proportion of the world’s population who reside within close proximity of
the coast will face serious challenges in dealing with the predicted changes to our coastlines.
Due to its location on the periphery of the North Atlantic Ocean, and being a country with a
large concentration of development located in coastal areas, Ireland will be exceptionally
susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Ireland’s ability to adapt to the impacts of
climate change in coastal areas is hampered by the lack of a clear national coastal management
policy framework, by weaknesses in its adaptation policies, and by a tendency to prefer the use
of engineering coastal protection measures. The state of California in the U.S is widely
considered a leader in terms of coastal climate change adaptation and it can offer many
valuable lessons for Ireland on how Ireland might improve its preparedness for coastal climate
risks. Using an in-depth analysis of coastal climate change adaptation planning in both Ireland
and California, this thesis will critically examine California’s responses to dealing with coastal
climate risk and will assess what viable lessons can be used to overcome Ireland’s challenges in
responding to the impacts of climate change in coastal areas. (Less)
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author
Mcmahon, Cillian LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Climate Change, Adaptation, Coastal Areas
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2015:15
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
8168544
date added to LUP
2015-11-11 08:14:34
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@misc{8168544,
  abstract     = {Coastal areas throughout the world are vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. The
warming of the world’s oceans, and the consequent rise in sea levels, will result in more severe
coastal flooding, in accelerated erosion, and in the increased occurrence of extreme weather
events. The large proportion of the world’s population who reside within close proximity of
the coast will face serious challenges in dealing with the predicted changes to our coastlines.
Due to its location on the periphery of the North Atlantic Ocean, and being a country with a
large concentration of development located in coastal areas, Ireland will be exceptionally
susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Ireland’s ability to adapt to the impacts of
climate change in coastal areas is hampered by the lack of a clear national coastal management
policy framework, by weaknesses in its adaptation policies, and by a tendency to prefer the use
of engineering coastal protection measures. The state of California in the U.S is widely
considered a leader in terms of coastal climate change adaptation and it can offer many
valuable lessons for Ireland on how Ireland might improve its preparedness for coastal climate
risks. Using an in-depth analysis of coastal climate change adaptation planning in both Ireland
and California, this thesis will critically examine California’s responses to dealing with coastal
climate risk and will assess what viable lessons can be used to overcome Ireland’s challenges in
responding to the impacts of climate change in coastal areas.},
  author       = {Mcmahon, Cillian},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {Climate Change,Adaptation,Coastal Areas},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Adapting to Climate Change on the Coasts of Ireland: Lessons from California: How the Pacific can enlighten the Atlantic?},
  year         = {2015},
}