Marine Morphology (2008)
|Create Date||29th August 2008|
The Marine Morphology Programme of Measures and Standards (PoMS) Study aims to provide a protocol to apply in the further characterisation and risk appraisal for morphology in transitional and coastal (TraC) waters, the outcomes of which will contribute to the development of a tool aimed at supporting the assessment and management of morphology in these water bodies.
The objectives of the study are as follows:
- Establish the relationship between morphology characteristics and biological status;
- Identify what level of morphological pressure is sustainable within a water body;
- Establish which morphological indicators should be included in TraC monitoring programmes;
- Identify water bodies where morphology restoration measures are required (linked to HMWB designation process);
- Identify the available buffer (or capacity) of water bodies in order to prioritise action levels;
- Prioritise morphology pressures; and
- Develop a decision support tool for regulators to assess the potential impact of future developments on individual water bodies (i.e. to prioritise activities and establish a
tiered assessment system).
This study involves all 309 TraC water bodies within the Republic of Ireland (RoI), but was undertaken in parallel to the North-South Share (NS-Share) project to ensure compatibility of methodologies between Northern Ireland (NI) and the RoI.
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