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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 


Aberdeen Beach

"We made visualisation tools accessible to coastal practitioners to communicate about climate change"

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Who we are:

University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council

Key climate change issues:

Coastal erosion and flooding. Click on this link to learn more about Climate Change in Aberdeen Beach; coastal activities that could be affected, drivers and impacts and our specific institutional framework.

What we did:

Issues identification workshop, scenario workshop, GIS training videos, adaptation strategy workshop, training session on PESTLE analysis, provided GIS support, training events with young people and communication activities.

Our unique approach:

The council and university work together on planning and implementing a waterfront regeneration project in a long-neglected area of Aberdeen.

It was our priority to tackle the lack of education and the apathy of some segments of the local population by expanding the communities understanding of climate change.

What we learned:

A broader partnership would have been beneficial to improve impact and scope.

City councils and coastal practitioners wre very interested in visualisation tools. Video training allows them to apply these methodologies in their working environment.

Data availability is an important issue to be taken into account at the beginning of the process.

Read the full summary of the Aberdeen case study

Planning to adapt in Aberdeen beach


Engaging stakeholders


Educating future generations about climate change is really very important as they will be the ones to experience the changes. It is important for people to understand what might happen, why, how and where. It is important for them to appreciate how climate change will affect them, and how they must adapt in order to adjust to such changes. Future generations need to know how they can adapt to their changing coast.

Climate change is a frequent topic in the media and press. It is necessary to ensure that raising awareness about what might happen and will happen reaches the public. Facts about climate change should be included in the school curriculum so that children understand what might happen, why it will happen and when it will happen.


Identifying the issues


Identifying the issues due to climate change is the prior step to the development of an adaptation strategy. IMCORE has developed a hands-on methodology involving stakeholder. The Scottish Coastal Forum (SCF), who encourage the further progress in ICZM and the formation of Local Coastal Partnerships in Scotland, is an important stakeholder at the regional level. In Aberdeen the, The East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP) was also involved in this process. The EGCP is a voluntary group of individuals and organisations who have an interest in the wellbeing of the local coast between Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh and the mouth of the River North Esk, by St Cyrus. The first IMCORE workshop, organised by Aberdeen, on identification issues was a real success. The delegates learned from the Expert couplet (University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council) who showed and explained the results of the UKCIP and the work of Marine Scotland (particularly the Marine Atlas of Scotland). The delegate learned the main facts in terms of climate change (increase of rain fall, sea level rise, temperature rise), which could affect Aberdeen, in order to use them in their job or community.


Developing future scenarios

guidance2Positive comments were received from the delegates about the task, and many of them commented on how interesting they found it in terms of exposing them to datasets they were not aware of and the capabilities of the GIS software to perform analysis and visualise particular situations as a communications tool. Many of the delegates asked questions on a variety of aspects of the task, such as the data sources and access to these,


Designing the adaptation strategy

guidance3It is difficult to engage the right people - all the people involved in climate change - and therefore more time and more networking is needed to bring climate change people together. It also necessary to convince people that climate change is an important problem.


Building institutional capacity

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.


Local, regional and transnational actions

Aberdeen is really involved at the local and regional level. Aberdeen has developed a website to provide information about IMCORE and Climate Change to the local community ( To raise awareness in the community, two leaflets (one for the public and one for children) were developed. Also, Aberdeen disseminates the project in an innovative way by using a bus advert.

The IMCORE project is a European Interreg funded project with nine partners. It is important that any datasets acquired by the Partners be shared at the IMCORE level. For this to happen it is necessary to consider the legal aspects and negotiation costs of any data acquisition. Furthermore, it would be very helpful to make all data used for the project available to the public and the coastal practitioners.


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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