Focussing on the Greater Dublin Area (comprising its urban footprint and hinterland) and the regional (Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly – EMRA) and local authorities (Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire‐Rathdown, South Dublin, Fingal, Meath, Kildare) which it comprises, the primary aim of the proposed research is to develop an innovative regional approach (the Urb‐ADAPT Management Framework) that allows for the integrated assessment and management of current and future climate vulnerabilities within the context of existing climate and non‐climate pressures and spatial planning practices.

Employing a Climate Vulnerability Indicator‐based approach (CVI), spatial and temporal (current and potential future) variations in key urban climate vulnerabilities (coastal inundation, temperature‐related health impacts and flash flooding) will first be developed. This information will provide stakeholders with the pre‐requisite information to understand current and potential future vulnerabilities and on this basis assess the direct and indirect effects (social, environmental and economic) of key urban climate impacts and vulnerabilities. Adaptation options (local, regional and national scale) will then be identified, assessed and prioritised, and risk management pathways developed and assessed according to environmental, social and economic considerations and in the context of current and future spatial planning practices. A key characteristic of proposed measures and strategies will be their potential to maximise mitigation co‐benefit. All elements will then coalesce within the Urb‐ADAPT integrated assessment and management framework.

Research Team

Project coordinator: Mr. Jeremy Gault (BEng, Msc)


Dr. Paul J. Alexander (BA, MSc, PCTL, PhD)

Mr. Marco Guerrini (BSc, MSc)

Dr. Thomas K.J. McDermott (PhD)

Dr. Jimmy Murphy (BSc , PhD)

Dr. Barry O’Dwyer (BA, PhD)

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