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    A review of indicators of climate change for use in Ireland

    Donnelly, Alison and Jones, Mike B. and Sweeney, John (2004) A review of indicators of climate change for use in Ireland. International Journal of Biometeorology, 49. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0020-7128

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    Impact indicators are systems/organisms, the vitality of which alters in response to changes in environmental condition. The indicators assessed in this review fall within the impact category of the driver-pressure-state-impact-response (DPSIR) framework. Instrumental records have shown unequivocal changes in climatic conditions over the past 30 years at a global level but impact indicators allow these changes to be monitored at a finer resolution. Our main aim was to review sets of indicators of climate change currently used in various countries and to make recommendations for their use in the Irish environment. We review a preliminary set of climate change impact indicators in five sectors: agriculture; plant and animal distribution patterns; phenology; palaeoecology and human health. Currently, the most effective impact indicators of climate change have proved to be phenological observations of tree developmental stages. The strongest factor limiting the use of indicators is the lack of long-term data sets from which a climatic signal can be extracted.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The authors would like to express their sincere thanks to the following people for their help and assistance with various aspects of this work, Prof. Mike Baillie, Dr. John Burke, Dr. Frank-M. Chmielewski, Mr. Tom Cooney, Dr. Jim Crowley, Dr. Paul Dowding, Mr. Conor Kelleher, Dr. Deirdre Lynn, Dr. Frank McDermott, Dr. Philip McGinnity, Dr. Stephen Lane, Dr. Stephen Newton, Dr. Anthony Staines, Mr. Christopher J. Wilson. The Irish Environmental Protection Agency have provided financial assistance under the Environmental RTDI Programme 2000– 2006, climate change indicators for Ireland (2000-LS-5.2.2-M1).
    Keywords: Climate change; Impact indicators; Global warming; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 9320
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    Depositing User: Prof. John Sweeney
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 15:44
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Biometeorology
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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