Robust Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector in Ireland

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This report develops a framework for supporting adaptation to climate change and a tool for assessing adaptation options. The framework established is built on the identification of vulnerability for individual surface water abstraction points. Vulnerability is highlighted where climate change is likely to alter the availability of water to meet demands at that point. In such situations, an adaptation tool is developed to identify and appraise adaptation options that are robust to uncertainty in future climate. The tool developed is intended as an exploratory tool to identify where and when adaptation will be necessary and to identify if certain strategies are likely to be successful under the range of likely future conditions. It is flexible in that it can be applied to individual existing or new abstraction points or to entire catchments, can be readily updated when revised climate change information becomes available and allows the Adaptation strategies should be evaluated according to the best available knowledge on climate change on a regular basis and be reconsidered if necessary. This adaptation approach ensures flexibility and the ability to respond to changes as revised climate scenarios emerge. This also reduces the risk of maladaptive action which would significantly constrain future possibilities. The application of a process-oriented vulnerability thinking instead of an impacts thinking approach in adaptation planning is therefore promoted here.

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Ms. Julia Hall
National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dr. Conor Murphy
National University of Ireland Maynooth

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Author(s)Hall, J. Murphy, C.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationRobust Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector in Ireland
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-21

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Resource KeywordsClimate Change, Water, Boyne River, adaption framework, decision support tool
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2010-CCRP-DS-2.2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeClimate Change
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Friday 1st January 2010 (01-01-2010)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st January 2010 (01-01-2010)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st July 2012 (01-07-2012)
Published on SAFERWednesday 18th July 2012 (18-07-2012)
Date of Last EditThursday 19th July 2012 at 09:53:58 (19-07-2012)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 19th July 2012 at 09:53:58 (19-07-2012)

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A detailed case study application is provided for individual water abstraction points within the Boyne The Boyne River catchment is located in the Eastern River Basin District and extends over an area of ~2,692 km2. The catchment has an average elevation of 89 m and ranges from 0 to ~338 m in the northern part of the catchment. The slopes in the catchment range from 0% to 38% and on average they are gentle with a mean slope of 1.6%. Flats and undulating lowlands are the prevailing physiographic feature, with Grey Brown Podzolics being the principal soil class (30.6%), followed by Gleys (24.5%.) and Minimal Grey Brown Podzolics (20.5%). The parent material of the dominating soils is Limestone Glacial Till (24%), Limestone Shale Glacial Till (21.6%) and Alluvium (12%), resulting in locally important aquifers underlying ~68.6% of the catchment. The main landuse types within the catchment are pastures (~79.4%) and arable land (~8%), as well as peat bogs (~4.2%) mainly located in the southern parts of the catchment.

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An objective of developing a national adaptation strategy for Ireland was expressed in the National Climate Change Strategy 2007-2012. This would provide a vehicle for integrating issues of climate change into national and local governance. This has as constitutes a contribution to the development of such a strategy. This report focuses on planned, anticipatory adaptation in the Irish public water resource sector. yet not been achieved and the present study. The future impacts of a changing climate on Irish catchment hydrology have been investigated in several studies. All of the assessment studies identify some strong climate signals, including an increase in river flows during winter and spring, along with reductions in summer and autumn, with simulated changes becoming more pronounced as the century progresses (Cunnane and Regan, 1994; Charlton and Moore, 2003; Murphy and Charlton, 2008; Steele- Dunne et al., 2008; Bastola et al., 2011a,b). While agreement is evident, there remain large uncertainties surrounding the actual magnitude of change (see in particular Bastola et al. (2011b) and Murphy et al. (2011)) and if we are to avoid expensive over- or under-adaptation we need to incorporate this This work builds on these previous studies and shifts the focus towards examining the implications of such changes in catchment hydrology and on how we might effectively adapt water resources management in an uncertain future.
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