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

VIDEO: Graham Lymbery explains how to cope when you have gaps in your scientific evidence

VIDEO: David Green comments on how visualization tools can make a big difference in illustrating the issues

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

Identifying the issues


To plan for adaptation to climate change we need to understand local conditions and concerns.

Within each IMCORE case study area, workshops along with other tools and techniques were used to identify the drivers and impacts of climate change. In the Severn Estuary the 7 questions technique was used with planning officers to help understand their key concerns and vision for the future visions. Conversely, in Sefton the focus was on completing a risk assessment. In Belgium thematic issues workshops focused on activities: flooding, fisheries and tourism as well as a general one were held.


READY - Why identify the issues and drivers of climate change?

  • Involve stakeholders to develop a common understanding of the drivers and impacts of climate change
  • Analyse how these are addressed by current policy and practice
  • Use this baseline to reveal knowledge gaps, uncertainties and existing adaptive capacity
  • Use these issues to trigger actions. 

In the IMCORE experience, the main stimulus for adaptation was the economic impact of climate change drivers on local industry. Examples of drivers of our case studies included:

  • the reduction of shipping fishing days,
  • the decrease of species which are of commercial interest,
  • the threat to Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas from pollution and flooding or
  • the loss of transport infrastructures.


STEADY - A few tips before you start


TIP 1: Keep it clear

TIP 2: Engage the right audience in the right way

TIP 3: Assess baseline information

TIP 4: Identify coastal climate change issues

TIP 5: Determine Time periods for issues


GO! - How to identify the issues

  • Learn how to develop your adaptation strategy by using our illustrated step by step online course.
  • Download the IMCORE guidelines for Issue Identification.
  • Listen to our partners insights on how to address gaps in scientific evidence, how visualisation tools can support your workshops and how to communicate the right messages on the videos below.
  • It is also recommended you read the review on the PESTLE analysis technique which can be useful to integrate issues across all sectors. Other techniques our partners have used are perception surveys, expert interviews and the Delphi technique.






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Step by step guidance

Download the IMCORE guidelines used by partners to identify the issues (final version available before December 2011)


Graham Lymbery explains how to cope when you don't have all the scientific evidence


David Green comments on how visualization tools can make the difference in illustrating the issues to stakeholders





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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