University College Cork, National University of Ireland (UCC) offers under-, and post-graduate studies to over 17,000 students, and attracts the highest peer-reviewed research income per head in Ireland. The university is home to the Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), formerly the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) within the Environmental Research Institute. MaREI has over 20 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied coastal and marine research supported by competitively won national and international funding and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. Research and consultancy in MaREI is undertaken by staff with a range of specialist backgrounds including biologists, computer scientists, hydrographers, geographers and engineers, all of whom work collaboratively in a project focussed environment. MaREI’s expertise and skill sets are highly regarded both nationally and internationally and are aligned with policy and research agendas such as the European Integrated Maritime Policy. MaREI currently has over eighty dedicated research staff and post-graduate researchers and supports multidisciplinary research through five inter-linked thematic groups: Coastal and Marine Governance; Marine Ecology; Marine Geomatics; Coastal Processes and Seabed Mapping; and Applied Remote Sensing and GIS.
UCC’s (MaREI) primary contributions relate to: the development, testing and implementation of information tools and systems in WP6, Information Platform; engagement of stakeholders and assessment of end-user requirements in WP1, Stakeholder Engagement and Communication; identifying policies affecting the achievement of EU and international biodiversity objectives in WP2, Policy Orientation, and case study coordination in WP1 and WP2.