Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork
- Co. Wexford
ECHOES (Effect of climate change on bird habitats around the Irish Sea) seeks to address how climate change will impact coastal bird habitats of the Irish Sea, and what effect this could have on our society, economy, and shared ecosystems.
We seek to apply innovative scientific approaches to modelling the behaviour and distribution of Greenland White-fronted goose and Eurasian Curlew. We are also developing online tools and services to help site managers understand how to best mitigate for the potential impacts of climate change on their sites.
The ECHOES project also promotes climate change adaptation, associated risk prevention, and management by providing tools for land users. This will enable them to understand climate change and its potential impact at both site and regional levels.
An important aspect of the ECHOES project is to engage with local stakeholders – those tasked with managing or monitoring coastal habitats and associated bird populations, as well as local communities and their visitors – those who enjoy the coastal environment.
Raising the awareness of climate change impacts and how we can monitor, manage and adapt to these impacts is our key priority.
The project is funded through the Ireland-Wales Programme 2014-2020, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, which focusses on seeking solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish Sea.