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Summary: Currently, there is a large body of work on current and anticipated impacts of climate change for Ireland, and it is now considered that there is a robust knowledge base on which to begin the process of adaptation planning (Desmond et al., 2009).
Currently, there is a large body of work on current and anticipated impacts of climate change for Ireland, and it is now considered that there is a robust knowledge base on which to begin the process of adaptation planning (Desmond et al., 2009). However, this information remains distributed amongst a large number of institutions and agencies and it is extremely difficult for decision makers and citizens alike to access it in an efficient and effective manner.
Contemporary international experience demonstrates that centralised (e.g. national and international) online platforms providing harmonised scientific information adapted to end-user needs can effectively support practical decision making. On this basis, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded project Ireland’s Climate Information Platform (ICIP) aims to develop a CIP that will provide decision makers in Ireland with a one-stop web-based resource of climate and adaptation information and data for Ireland.
It was subsequently decided to adopt a phased approach to this development, in which the first stage would, in consultation with potential end-users and data providers, design and populate a prototype CIP.
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