Affected by October Floods
flooding occurred around Southern Ireland in late October, due to a combination
of extremely high tides, strong southerly winds and heavy rainfall. The
CMRC escaped any damage, but staff were impacted on the night of October
27th when the road leading off Haulbowline Island was cut off by high
water. Two staff members had to spend the night in the office. They took
some video at the peak of the flooding, which can be seen here: View
from side of building (1.6 MB Zipped .avi file) and view
from front door (1.33 MB Zipped .avi file). The road was
partly cleared of water and debris the following day.
GIS Expert visits CMRC as Fulbright Senior Specialist
the GSI to learn about the Irish National Seabed Survey was one
of the many things Dawn did during her busy visit.
Dawn Wright, Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon
State University, spent two weeks visiting the CMRC in October
to share her expertise with researchers at the centre and learn
about current projects. The Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, which
Dawn received to support her visit, matches American researchers
with International Institutions to share expertise for a 2 to 6
Dawn's visit she also travelled around Ireland for various meetings
and presentations. In Dublin, she was a keynote speaker at IRLOGI
2004, and also met with the Irish National Seabed Survey group
at the GSI. In Galway, she gave a seminar on the ArcGIS
Marine Data Model at the Marine Institute. In Cork, she gave
a geography department seminar at UCC.
number of the meetings took place with CMRC researchers related
to the various overlapping research areas, in particular with the
Marine Irish Digital Atlas and
Coastal Atlas. As a result, ideas for future collaborative projects
between the CMRC and OSU are in development.
to lead €4M Integrated Coastal Management Project
has just approved a project, to be led by the CMRC, to bring countries
in Northwest Europe to the forefront in Integrated Coastal Management
practise. COREPOINT is made up of 12 partner organisations, including
research centres and local authorities based in Ireland, the United
Kingdom, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The key objectives
of the project are to:
- Build European
and local capacity to implement integrated coastal management
concrete solutions for current problems in the Northwest region
using current best practice approaches and identify models for
sustaining ICZM initiatives.
- Promote social
and political responsibility for the coastal environment.
national spatial policy development in response to the EU Recommendation
Develop an integrated coastal information management system for
action of the programme will see the implementation of practical
ICM initiatives in local areas in the participating countries. In
Ireland this will include sustainable beach management in Donegal
and a coastal management study in Cork Harbour. For more information
on this project, contact Valerie Cummins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Biologists Visit Alaska
Declaration on Coastal Management Adopted
Coastal Communities Network (CoCoNet) project successfully concluded
its final workshop on June 17th with the adoption of the Wexford
Declaration. Recognising community involvement as the cornerstone
of the successful stewardship of coastal resources, the declaration
urges Governments to support the empowerment of local communities,
including local government, in local action programmes and policy
formulation. The full text of the declaration can be found here.
Comes to Aid of Yacht During Cork Week
of the CMRC aboard their new RIB, Horizon, were recently called
upon to rescue a yacht at the mouth of Cork Harbour during Cork
Week. The yacht Tux, with eight crew members, had gotten into difficulties
and run aground off of Ram's Head and Horizon was first to answer
their radio distress signal. On arriving Horizon's crew secured
the yacht until the Crosshaven's RNLI RIB arrived, and then towed
the yacht off the rocks as the RNLI tilted the vessel using a line
attached to Tux's main. The yacht and crew were then safely towed
to Crosshaven where initial inspection revealed only superficial
damage to the hull.
Spatial Dataset for Shoreline Management
has developed tools to facilitate the monitoring, management, development
and conservation of coastal, estuarine & riparian habitats through
the creation of a comprehensive database of shoreline features. Maps,
reports and statistics can be generated to assist planners, managers,
and regulators in decisions pertaining to development, management and
conservation of these areas and their natural resources. It is a homogeneous,
comprehensive & updateable spatial database offering high-resolution
information on shoreline type, shoreline features, adjacent land use and
shoreline vulnerability. This dataset can be easily imported to any GIS
work is carried out using rigid inflatable boats that survey the coastline
at high tide, enabling the most accurate collection of data. As the surveys
are carried out on water, they are completed faster and more cost-effectively
than surveys performed from land.
Snapshot of the Coastal Inventory dataset
is collected using sophisticated Global Positioning System and Geographical
Information Systems (GIS) technology. All of the post processing
is done in-house by the CMRC, thereby allowing flexibility in individual
survey design, data processing and visualisation end user output.
Essential Tool for the Water Framework Directive?
A main objective
of the Water Framework Directive is to establish an integrated monitoring
and management system for all waters. The Coastal Inventory dataset could
become an essential tool for the monitoring and management of coastal,
estuarine and riparian waters.
For more information, contact details and a demonstration, please
log onto the Coastal Inventory web page at http://coastalinventory.ucc.ie
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