News for: Socio-economic Marine Research Unit

New Report on Valuing Marine Ecosystems

Whitaker Institute Scientific Director, Stephen Hynes, has co-authored a new report on ‘Valuing Marine Ecosystems’ in the European Marine Board. Executive Summary This publication highlights current thinking in ecosystem service valuation for the marine environment. Valuation of the direct and indirect benefits (for either societal welfare, health and economic activities) stemming from marine ecosystem services,… | Read on »

New Report on Strengthening Disaster Resilience by Tom McDermott

SEMRU member, Dr Tom McDermott, has co-authored a new report for the Asian Development Bank. The chapter, entitled ‘Strengthening Disaster Resilience’, is the thematic chapter in the annual Asian Development Outlook report for 2019. Over the past half century, developing Asia has transformed from one of the world’s poorest regions to its center of its economic… | Read on »

Irish Shipwrecks Providing Sanctuary for Fragile Coral Reefs

Work undertaken by members of the SEMRU research cluster, along with the University of Limerick, has discovered shipwrecks are acting as artificial reefs, “making an important contribution to maintaining coral and other species.” Continue reading about the discoveries below:   Irish Examiner The Times 

SEMRU’s 9th Annual Marine Economics and Research Symposium

The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, recently hosted its 9th Annual Marine Economics & Policy Research Symposium (18th Nov). With over 80 delegates, the day was a great success with this year’s theme, ‘The Marine Economy: Access and Infrastructure’. Speakers included Lt. Cdr Paul Hegarty, Irish Naval Service, Dr Christina Kelly,… | Read on »

New report calculates the value on coastal proximity

This research, conducted by economists Tom Gillespie and Stephen Hynes, SEMRU, along with Ronan Lyons (Trinity College Dublin), has analysed over half a million sales and rental property listings placed over the last decade and calculated the extent of the sea-view enjoyed by properties and the average increase in value attributed to this. The paper… | Read on »

Translating flood risk assessment into local urban action

Urban areas are already suffering substantial losses in both economic and human terms from climate-related disasters, including flooding. These losses are anticipated to grow substantially in the coming decades, while local planning decisions today will have a large bearing on future costs, for example by locking-in future exposure to flood risk (Kocornik-Mina et al. 2015)…. | Read on »