The main objective of CHERISH is to increase capacity and knowledge of climate change adaptation for the Irish Sea and Coastal communities. This will be achieved through the nine CHERISH Initiatives (CI).


CHERISH survey teams developing joint best-practice guidance

Integrated joint-nation teams employed to survey and record heritage sites threatened by climate change in targeted coastal communities, using the latest innovative technologies and remote sensing techniques.


CHERISH permanent network of ‘local change’ fixed survey markers and indicator wrecks

A key legacy of the operation, CHERISH will provide the first 3D baseline fixed survey points and data for selected heritage assets specifically aimed at future monitoring of climate change.


CHERISH reefs, islands and headlands enhanced historic environment data inventory

An enhanced and updated national historic environment dataset, helping to inform priority lists for statutory designation.


CHERISH reefs, islands and headlands enhanced palaeoenvironmental data Inventory

Multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental data within a robust chronological framework, developed from selected locations to reconstruct past environments and inform future adaptation strategies.


CHERISH 3D reefs, islands and headlands: Seamless onshore/offshore 3D models

A number of innovative digital ‘real maps’ derived from LiDAR and photogrammetry, will provide 3D data geomatic data for planning and management.


Training the citizen scientist

Engaging workshops, seminars and outreach events to raise awareness and train the citizen scientist in survey and recording, heritage at risk, climate change and storminess impacts.


CHERISH climate change community excavations on heritage assets at risk

Community excavations will be run during CHERISH to train citizen scientists in local communities to record heritage sites at risk.


CHERISH open access shared web portal

A key tool of CHERISH for information delivery and awareness-raising and an important legacy of the operation for future adaptation strategies.


CHERISH landowner management plans for adaptation planning

Detailed management plans and GIS datasets for reefs, islands and headlands under study showing cultural heritage assets and climate change threats.


 Over the 5 years of investment the project will deliver the following 8 Ultimate Changes:


 1   A stimulus for encouraging local tourism and growth in the Blue economy. CHERISH will provide new coastal heritage information and innovative products, enabling enhanced cultural tourism for the study sites and raised awareness of the historic environment in selected communities.

 2   Improved evidence base for statutory protection, decision-making and adaptation strategies, informing protection for historic environment assets from climate change at all levels, from local communities through to Government.

 3   Increased knowledge and awareness of heritage assets on the previously understudied remote reefs, islands and headlands across the Irish Sea, evidenced through-newly created and enhanced Historic Environment Records, field intervention with scientific dating and analysis, programmes of citizen science and outreach activities (including walks, talks, training days, workshops and excavation) and new informative resources that will be disseminated.

 4   New, detailed, multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental records from selected locations following an initial survey of existing data and assessment of potential sites. Multi-proxy datasets will be made publicly available and information disseminated through a combination of academic papers, reports and outreach activities. Information on historical weather extremes will be incorporated into an existing database being developed as part of current Arts Heritage Research Council funded research

 5  Provision of open-access, accurate and high resolution baseline geomatic data, which enables the enhanced modelling and evaluation of risk to cultural heritage sites and landscapes with respect to coastal erosion, flooding and additional environmental pressures. This will include inshore seabed mapping consistent with and joined up to the onshore terrestrial mapping coverage. Data produced will address knowledge gaps which exist across the study area, and will be provided free online via a dedicated web portal and also via existing national and EU sites/portals.

 6   New joint-nation best practice guidance for standardising the recording and monitoring of the impact of climate change on terrestrial and marine heritage assets to inform agencies, statutory bodies and Government and inform adaptive strategies.

 7   Innovative data capture, modelling and visualisation products, to raise knowledge and awareness of the historic environment and climate change to include integration of project data within open access shared spatial data infrastructure (SDI) to enable full reuse of all datasets across and beyond the operation across Europe including via the EU Climate-ADAPT Platform.

 8   Identification of “at risk” cultural heritage sites within the research area and the production of mitigation and conservation guidance plans for their future management and protection.