The latest in the award-winning Atlas series at University College Cork (UCC) has just been published. The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is a celebration of Ireland’s coastal and marine spaces and examines the shaping of the coastline of Ireland as a whole, from both the physical and human environmental perspectives.
Ireland has a spectacular coast and, with some million square kilometres of resources-rich marine territory, The Coastal Atlas of Ireland, draws on written contributions from over 140 authors from across the island of Ireland and beyond. Published by Cork University Press, the Atlas takes an explicitly all-island approach and is visually stunning with wonderful cartography.
It is organised into six sections, comprising a total of 33 chapters, with 950 pages that take the reader from the distant geological past, by way of the prehistoric era and a focus on the island’s physical environments, through time and the human colonisation of Ireland, to the complex cultural and economic landscapes of the near past through to the present day. It concludes with an assessment of the importance of coastal and marine environments in understanding the island’s development, appreciating the present, and contemplating future opportunities and challenges.