Review and Simulate Climate and Catchment Responses at Burrishoole

Id:
4

Funder:
Marine Institute

Title:
Review and Simulate Climate and Catchment Responses at Burrishoole

Acronym:
RESCALE

Coordinator:
Fealy Rowan

Organisation:
National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM)

Department:
Geography

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/02/2008

End Date:
31/07/2011

Summary:
Addressing the issue of global warming has been identified as a national, EU and international research priority. The Irish Government has committed to developing a national adaptation strategy; therefore capacity building in this area is central to developing adequate and informed response policies (SSTI). Significant capacity is required in the area of environmental research, particularly climate change and climate change impacts, in order to continue to meet our international obligations to the UN and EU. The development of capability in the strategically import area of climate impact assessments on the aquatic environment will represent a considerable contribution to environmental management of this important sector, particularly at policy implementation level. This research builds on past research to facilitate an improved understanding of the range of likely impacts on water quality and the aquatic environment due to ongoing changes in climate and seeks to identify effective measures for improved water management within the Burrishoole catchment in compliance with the Water Framework Directive. The research undertaken will significantly add to reducing knowledge gaps that currently exist with regards to the impacts of climate change, catchment characteristics and impacts on water quality. The research also addresses needs in the area of integrating and optimising data collecting platforms. From a Marine Institute perspective this is a desirable strategic objective, particularly in the context of understanding freshwater/marine fish growth and survival patterns as climate change stresses build.

Keywords:
Catchments; Climate change impacts; Water quality; Aquatic environment