The future geomorphic landscape in Ireland

Eugene Farrell, Mary Bourke


There are multifaceted challenges in conducting geomorphology research in third level institutions in Ireland in an academic era rife with pressures to publish and expectations to conduct relevant research with high societal impact. This special issue includes a series of innovative papers that address that challenge, focused specifically on the vulnerability of Irish landscape systems to climate change and human activity. A series of recommendations are presented that promote the visibility of geomorphology research and teaching and identify opportunities where geomorphologists can contribute to national plans on broad landscape planning and building climate resilience. These include: (i) using climate change as a vehicle to foster new cross disciplinary research programmes and to bridge the physical-human divide in the discipline of geography; (ii) monetising ecosystems goods and services as a means to obtain proportional capital investment to conserve and protect our neglected and underappreciated geomorphic features and landscapes; and (iii) advocating for appropriately resourced research funding to support essential field-based research in the wider geomorphological field across universities.

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