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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

VIDEO: David Green, David Fryer and Peter Inglis share their views on the issues that affect Aberdeen and planning for adaptation to climate change


 "The city is susceptible to flash flooding and important infrastructure is at risk".  Conclusion from workshop   
"As scientists we need to help get accurate and meaningful messages across to the public. David Green
To make sure we reach out to the public we used advertising on local buses                     Guillaume de la Fons

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Practical tips for following the IMCORE approach to planning to adapt to coastal climate change 


guidance4The Aberdeen ECN initially focuses on Aberdeen City. The research for this project had shown that other areas are more vulnerable to climate change than Aberdeen. Therefore, logically we would necessarily find benefit from working with a wider organization than just Aberdeen City Council. Working for an area like Aberdeenshire is considered a minimum for this type of research. Ideally it would be beneficial to extend it to all of Scotland. These scales are really needed for study a wide problem as Climate Change.

IMCORE Process

Aberdeen City Council (ACC) joined the University of Aberdeen as an ECN in IMCORE. Regular contact between the University and the City Council has been ongoing for many years. Supported in part by ACC, the East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP) is a local coastal forum based in Aberdeen. It was established in 2004 and its mission is to assist in the delivery of ICZM and Marine Spatial Planning along the East Coast of Scotland. The University of Aberdeen is an academic member of the EGCP, Vice-Chair of the EGCP, and also a member of its Steering Group.

Representatives of the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council (ACC) meet weekly to discuss project planning and the development of primarily the IMCORE but also the SACRP project, and arrange the following week's activities. These regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings afford an opportunity to evaluate completed phases of the project and adjust the initial project plan where necessary. Furthermore, a number of workshops and additional meetings have afforded an opportunity to provide outreach and support on local climate change issues. This has been facilitated through use of the local press, the development of a Climate Change website and advertising using local buses. The ECN reflects, therefore, an adaptive process in itself.

Expert Couplet Node

Vision of the Couplet

The ECN is working together to contribute to the planning and implementation of a waterfront regeneration project in a long-neglected area of Aberdeen. Furthermore, it aims to tackle the lack of education and the apathy of some segments of the local population by expanding the community's understanding of climate change issues and drivers, and enhancing its ability to adapt to potential impacts.

Issues such as coastal flooding and coastal defences are currently the focus of ECN work, not only in Nigg Bay, but also along the waterfront of Aberdeen Bay, and extending both north and south of Aberdeen City into Aberdeenshire.

The aims of the ECN are to investigate the issues of climate change for local populations and stakeholders, focusing in particular on sea level rise, coastal flooding and erosion. Education and raising awareness among private companies, public institutions, and local communities are also key aims. These will be fulfilled by the organisation of workshops and the production of supporting material, with the eventual aim of ensuring that climate change adaptation measures are integrated into future organisational planning.


The main objectives and issues to be addressed in IMCORE by this Expert Couplet are:

• Issues of Climate Change for local population and stakeholders in particular coastal flooding and erosion.

• Education workshops to contribute to raising awareness of the problem within companies and organization, with the goal of integrating climate change issues into their plans.


The University of Aberdeen has a wide range of expertise and past experience in ICZM, MSP, GIS, remote sensing, cartography and Internet mapping. These have been utilised to assist in the production of materials for Aberdeen. The research for this project had shown that other areas are more vulnerable to climate change than Aberdeen. Therefore, some areas of Aberdeenshire have been included in the study area e.g Stonehaven.

Aberdeen City Council has been working with Aberdeen University supplying data for the IMCORE projects (flooding areas, catchments and waterways).

Please click here to view the Aberdeen ECN document

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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