Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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This is an Individual Researcher Profile

Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Margaret

Contact Surname: Desmond

Contact Address:

University College Cork

Telephone Contact Number: 0877508353

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: m.desmond@ucc.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University College Cork

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Research Specialist working on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Work closely with policy makers, researchers to fill knowledge gaps in relation to adaptation.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
observations, modelling, impacts, vulnerability, risk, adapatation planning, implementation, information provision, dissemination, robust decision making, adaptation pathways, costs and benefits of adaptation

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

National adaptation steering group Climate change resilience network


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Development of approaches around robust decision making such as use of \'adaptation pathways\', developing data base of adaptation options (based around green, grey and soft approaches), dissemination of adaptation approaches

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

ERA NET CIRCLE 11


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

Focus Areas

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

EU techncial group on climate change adaptation (building the knowledge base) EIONET representation EPAIG on climate change impacts and adaptation I regularly represent Ireland at each of these groups as a national expert on climate change adaptation. I have presented our current situation, comment on proposals and made recommendations based on my expertise. I have taken comments from government to these meetings. For example I have worked closely with the EEA on providing expert review of the their climate information portal \'climate adapt\'. I have also coordinated the writing of the text for Ireland\'s national pages on \'climate adapt\'.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

ERA NET CIRCLE11. I have represented Ireland\'s interests on ERA NET CIRCLE 1 and CIRCLE2. I have presented at seminars and workshops as a national expert on climate change adaptation. I have contributed to writing policy briefs and statements from the ERA NET. I have been invited to


LIFE and COST Actions





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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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