Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) is taking part in a two-year ‘Coastal Erosion’ project which aims to enhance knowledge and monitoring capabilities of the coastal environment in response to challenges of climate change and rapid sea level rise.

The project is a European Space Agency funded initiative under the auspices of the Copernicus programme – the European system for monitoring the Earth, coordinated and managed by the European Commission.

Sean Canney, Minister for Natural Resources at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said that thanks to the Copernicus programme, “vast quantities of satellite date are freely available to manage the environment and benefit European citizens”.

He added that Ireland has a “long established history” of space-related research in  this field.

“Ireland has developed a thriving earth observation space community”, facilitated through membership of the European Space Agency.

‘Coastal Erosion’ is a two-phase, 24-month project for research and development of EO products and approaches required by uses.  This is an an application project within the Science for Society element of the the 5th Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP-5) of ESA.

An international consortium* led by ARGANS (UK) will develop innovative Earth Observation products/information in response to requirements from end-users in charge of coastal erosion studies and mitigation.

The consortium will explore coastal change  from space to prepare for long-term exploitation of remote sensing from satellites by large user communities, and is expected to provide substantial and concrete benefits when analysing the trends of coastal erosion and accretion, as well as the status of coastal defence works such coastline vulnerability.

*Consortium: public agencies involving the British Geological Survey (UK), IHCantabria (Spain) and GSI, and companies: ARGANS (UK); isardSAT (Spain); adwaisEO (Luxembourg); Arctus (Canada) and IGN-FI (France).