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28 May 2022

Online discussion to discuss climate change's effect on Waterford coastlines to take place

Online discussion to discuss climate change's effect on Waterford coastlines to take place

Online discussion to discuss climate change's effect on Waterford coastlines to take place

A discussion will take place on Tuesday March 22 on the impact of climate change on coastal heritage which will include some examples from the Waterford Coast.

Dr Edward Pollard an archaeological researcher on the CHERISH Project based at The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland in Dublin will lead the discussion.

The Cherish Project is EU funded also involving the Geological Survey of Ireland, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and University of Aberystwyth.

Edward studied archaeology and geology at the University of Bristol followed by maritime archaeology at the University of Ulster. This was followed by a PhD on the maritime cultural landscape of the Swahili coast and has also worked commercially as an archaeologist in Western Australia, Ireland and Orkney.

The Cherish Exhibition will run at the Index Gallery, Central Library from March 15 - April 1.

CHERISH is a team of archaeologists, geologists and geographers studying the effects of climate change on coastal and maritime heritage in Ireland and Wales.

From the skies, at the coast edge, and beneath the waves they are using the latest technologies including planes, drones and sonar to carry out research. They monitor recent and long-term change to reveal the past and present impacts of weather and climate on our rich cultural heritage.

The work involves investigating archaeological sites and environments around the coasts including shipwrecks, promontory forts, wetlands and sand dunes.

The twenty-nine promontory forts on Waterford’s Copper Coast have been a focus of CHERISH Project research.

The CHERISH Project is funded through the Ireland-Wales Programme 2014-2020, part of the European Regional Development Fund, which focusses on seeking solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The project will receive €4.9 million, and will run until June 2023.

Find out more about the CHERISH project HERE

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