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climatic scenarios to be produced as an aid to potential impact assessment. We have employed a downscaling approach, using the UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Programme) gridded climatology for Ireland at a 10km resolution to produce preliminary scenarios for temperature and precipitation for the year...
Biological communities perform a variety of functions within ecosystems, including regulation of climatic processes, breakdown of waste, recycling of nutrients, maintenance of soil fertility and provision of natural resources. Although exact numbers and timescales are difficult to determine, it...
The most common semi-natural grasslands in Ireland are ‘neutral’ communities belonging to the phytosociological association Centaureo-Cynosuretum . An experiment was established at Teagasc, Oak Park Research Centre, Co. Carlow, using a representative Centaureo-Cynosuretum grassland community, to...
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has proposed methods and thematic areas for data collection that are appropriate to the evaluation of biodiversity. The Heritage Council has identified a paucity of data on habitats in Ireland. Within this context, we outline the Irish Forest Soils...
This paper reviews the decline to probable extinction of the corn bunting ( Miliaria calandra ) in the Republic of Ireland. This species has undergone severe population decline in other western European countries, where studies have suggested that changes in the agricultural environment are...
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