EU climate study has Kerry slant

Project will study impact of climate change on heritage sites

Tadhg Evans

A project by the European Union's Ireland-Wales Programme aiming to protect coastal heritage from climate change will include Chorca Dhuibhne, Iveragh, and associated islands in their work in Ireland over the coming years.

CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) is a five-year €5.2 million project supporting specialist organisations to analyse the coastal archaeology and heritage sites most affected by climate change, coastal erosion, stormy weather, and rising sea levels.

Among the heritage sites within the Kerry areas of study is Skellig Michael, though areas for specific study and survey will be selected following desk-based analysis assessing sites' vulnerability to climate change, and their heritage value.

"We will be making our first visits down to Kerry to assess some of the sites in the late summer with the project carrying out research in Kerry and the other study areas over the course of four years," Discovery Programme Public Engagement and Outreach Officer Linda Shine told The Kerryman.

A mixture of traditional survey techniques and the newest technologies will be used to record sites for the duration of the project.

"The project is currently in its mobilisation phase. We hope to work with many groups within Kerry including local interest groups and established organisations," Ms Shine said. "The project will build upon the established relationship the Discovery Programme has with the likes of Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, and seek to build collaborations with other heritage groups and organisation in the county.

"The data we collect will be used to identify areas most at risk from climate change.

"Once those areas of risk have been identified, detailed surveys will be carried out to record full archaeological extent of the coastal heritage sites."


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