BSc (1st Class Hons) Geography, Queen’s University Belfast 2010
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 3929
Digital Documentation of Natural Heritage for Integrated Hazard Assessment and Sustainable Management: The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast WHS
In February 2003 an IUCN/UNESCO mission to the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site, recognised it as a “dynamic geological site with on-going geological processes and coastal erosion phenomena”. Perhaps the clearest expression of this is the almost constant occurrence of slope failures. At present there are no methodologies, nationally or internationally, as to how respect for the continuity of very active natural processes can be reconciled with economic requirements and visitor expectations at sites such as the Giant’s Causeway. The natural processes present hazards which raise questions regarding the safe maintenance of visitor access. There is therefore a need to formulate new management strategies that take into account the site’s intrinsic dynamism, potential resilience and the changes that are likely as a consequence of environmental change and visitor pressure.
This project has developed around three main aims:
1. Digital Documentation of Natural Heritage – Using terrestrial LiDAR and GIS software to produce a detailed 3D-Model (DEM) of the World Heritage Site
2. Integrated Hazard Assessment – Integration of new (LiDAR) and existing data sources to produce a management tool (GIS) which facilitates integrated hazard assessment
3. Sustainable Management Strategies – An examination of the effectiveness of digital documentation and integrated hazard assessment in assisting with development of sustainable management strategies.