To deepen the Marine Institute understanding of Ireland’s Seascapes, they have created a short online survey. The survey responses will help identify, classify and describe Ireland’s seascape character, and support the implementation of Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework.
Seascapes are an important part of our sense of identity and culture. Our experience of the character of Seascapes includes coastal and marine history, folklore, art, nature and recreational and commercial activities that take place on and close to the sea. Seascapes can also include views from land to sea, from sea to land and along the coastline. When we describe seascape character, we are essentially talking about a sense of place – what makes one part of our sea and coast distinctive and different from another?
Often this relates to natural influences such as the rock type, depth of sea and coastline, the force of the sea and how humans have settled and interacted in and along our seascapes – from the earliest inhabitants on this island right up to today.
The final report and maps from the survey will support implementation of Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework. The combination of seascape character assessment along with future or complementary technical analysis for proposed marine developments, such as visualisation tests, will ensure a fit for purpose decision-making process.
This project is financed by the Irish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014-2020, Blue Growth & Marine Spatial Planning Scheme.