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

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Whilst the approach taken to bringing the partners together for the adaptation workshop was not ideal it was pragmatic. What worked well to support this though was the development of the evidence base to support our understanding of future scenarios and the communication of this evidence base on an ongoing basis prior to the workshop; this meant that all the partners were familiar with the concepts of adaptation and the issues prior to attendance and made best use of the time.

Lectures at Edge Hill University making use of scenarios material
What we did

We facilitated two lectures at the University making use of the scenarios methodology applied to the Sefton Coast.

Click here to download Sefton's Lectures at Edge Hill

Why we did it We wanted a safe environment in which to practice the methodology so that we felt more confident in our understanding of it and ability to deliver it.
What we achieved The students gained an understanding of the issues around coastal change and we developed skills in the application of the methodology.
What we learned Practice is important prior to using this methodology and an example of a safe environment in which to practice is with university students.


Report on habitat response to an eroding coast
What we did

Following on from predictions that we had made about erosion around Formby Point which included for sea level rise we undertook a study to quantify the loss of habitat in this area.

Click here to download Sefton's habitat extent summary report

Why we did it Whilst the erosion predictions were useful in communicating the potential impacts of coastal change it was felt that they would be taken more seriously if we also provided quantification of the impacts on specific habitats.
What we achieved We were able to provide quantification for habitat loss on this eroding section of coast which has increased the seriousness with which the impacts are taken.
Problems we had The study is limited due to its focus only on the eroding length of coast as we will (in the short to medium term) gain some habitat on the accreting areas.
What we learned It is useful to be able to provide quantification of the potential impacts in terms that are relevant to those whose actions you are trying to influence.


Dune hydrology study
What we did

We undertook a study into dune hydrology including the deployment of additional measuring points that allowed the modelling of future dune hydrology under climate change scenarios.

Click here to download Sefton's dune hydrology report output

Why we did it The Sefton Coast contains 40% of the dune slacks in England and these habitats are sensitive to ground water levels. Given this it is important to understand the potential implications of climate change.
What we achieved An improved understanding of dune hydrology and the potential implications of climate change.
What we learned The success of this element of work relies on collaborative working with an academic and the research being built on a long time series of data. Understanding normally requires a long term approach.


Adaptation Workshop
What we did

We held a workshop that brought together the key partners on the coast.

Click here to download Sefton's adaptation study workshop

Click here to download Sefton's final coastal adaptation study 

Why we did it To present to them the evidence for future coastal change and confirm that they were happy with this, to consider the potential impacts of coastal change and to establish a way forward.
What we achieved We achieved agreement on the potential future change of the coast and the key implications arising from this and confirmation that our existing vision was still valid.
Problems we had Access to partners. Whilst it was important to bring the partners together to discuss the potential impacts of climate change on the coast this was difficult to achieve because of their other commitments.
Solutions (if any) We compromised and brought the partners together to consider both future scenarios and the development of an adaptation study in a single workshop.
What we learned Long term problems are difficult to consider a priority when you have significant short term issues to deal with.


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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