The Cultural Value of Coastlines is a two-year interdisciplinary research project funded by the Irish Research Council to investigate the cultural influences and impacts of ecosystem change on the Irish Sea coasts. The project team consists of the two co-directors and two postdoctoral fellows, and involves archival and field research, as well as knowledge exchange with coastal communities. The project will address three key research questions:
- How do coastal and marine environments contribute cultural benefits to coastal communities?
- How is the cultural value of coastal and marine environments dependent upon ecosystem functions and conditions, and what changes have happened and might happen to this relationship?
- How can the cultural benefits of coastal and maritime environments be assessed effectively so as to contribute directly to marine spatial planning, cultural heritage management, and sustainability governance?
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