Historic land reclamation in the intertidal wetlands of the Shannon estuary, western Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Healy, Michael
dc.contributor.author Hickey, Kieran R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T13:46:53Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T13:46:53Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation HEALY M. & HICKEY, K. R. (2002) Historic land reclamation in the intertidal wetlands of the Shannon estuary. In: Cooper, J. A. G., and Jackson D. W. T. (eds.), Proceedings from the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2002 (Templepatrick, Northern Ireland). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 36, pp. 365-373 en
dc.identifier.issued SI 36 en
dc.identifier.startpage 365 en
dc.identifier.endpage 373 en
dc.identifier.issn 0749-0208
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2521
dc.description.abstract There is abundant landscape evidence for extensive land reclamation conducted within the Shannon estuary wetlands. To date, little published research is available which identifies how much reclamation has occurred, its timing and the likely environmental implications. This paper addresses these questions on the basis of available cartographic and documentary data on land reclamation in this area. Identification of reclaimed land was based on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey of Ireland Map Series of 1924. These maps represent landscape features relating to reclamation, such as embankments, artificial arterial drainage channels and sluices. Using such indicators for the purpose of demarcation, the extent of the lands reclaimed has been mapped. Documentary information on reclamation schemes was acquired from the National Archives files on the Irish Quit Rent Office, including letters, memoranda, draft bills and Government Acts, legal documents and statements of account, and these support and supplement cartographic data. In total, approximately 6,500ha of the Shannon estuary lowlands were reclaimed for agriculture and other purposes. This has significantly altered the morphometric characteristics of the estuary, as embankments and revetments for flood protection have reduced the potential energy dissipation area and the water storage capacity of the estuarine wetlands. Reclamation has resulted in modification of the estuarine physical environment and its hydrodynamics, and altered the character of the wetland habitat in the estuary environs. en
dc.description.sponsorship Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (Academic Research Committee) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) en
dc.relation.ispartof The 7th International Coastal Symposium, ICS 2002; Northern Ireland
dc.relation.uri http://www.jcronline.org/page/special_publications
dc.rights © 2002 Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc. (CERF) en
dc.subject Estuaries en
dc.subject Reclamation en
dc.subject Land claim en
dc.subject Wetlands en
dc.subject Embankments en
dc.subject Drainage en
dc.subject Cartography en
dc.subject Historical evidence en
dc.subject Estuarine reclamation en
dc.subject Shannon Estuary en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.title Historic land reclamation in the intertidal wetlands of the Shannon estuary, western Ireland en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kieran R. Hickey, Geography, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: kieran.hickey@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2015-08-18T12:02:31Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 299925406
dc.contributor.funder Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Coastal Research en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No. !!CORA!! Special Issue, Conference Proceedings. Email received to Cora@ucc.ie granting permission to upload to institutional repository. From JCR, Editor-in-chief, Charles W. Finkl. 8th May 2016. en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.conferencelocation Templepatrick, Northern Ireland; University of Ulster en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress kieran.hickey@ucc.ie en

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