Dr. Cathy daly, phd.
Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy
PhD Cultural Heritage Management & Climate Change
MA World Heritage Studies BTU Cottbus
BSc Conservation of Archaeological Artefacts UWCC
BA Ancient History and Archaeology TCD Dublin
Dr Cathy Daly joined Carrig as a part-time research consultant in September 2021. She now divides her time between Carrig and her role as Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Programme Leader for MA Heritage Conservation at the University of Lincoln in the UK (where she has worked since 2015).
Cathy’s research expertise is in climate change and cultural heritage, including assessing vulnerability, monitoring impacts and adaptation planning. She was lead researcher and author of Ireland’s Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built and Archaeological Heritage (2019), a project managed by Carrig.
During her PhD at the Dublin Institute of Technology Cathy undertook climate change vulnerability assessments of both of Ireland’s World Heritage sites. In 2011 with assistance from the Environment Fund a Legacy Indicator Tool (LegIT) designed by Cathy was installed at 5 National Monuments in Ireland (including both World Heritage sites) to document the influence of climate change on surface weathering, this project is ongoing.
Cathy is a bureau member of the International Working Group on Climate Change of ICOMOS and was a lead author on the Future of our Pasts report (2019).
Cathy's projects include:
Project - Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for the Built and Archaeological Heritage of Ireland
Client – Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Duration – 2018-2019
Description - In 2018 Carrig Conservation were appointed via public tender to develop the first Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built and Archaeological Heritage (CCASP) in Ireland. As an external consultant (working for the University of Lincoln) Cathy was involved in the original tender application and worked as lead researcher and author of the plan.The CCASP incorporates research to support a detailed understanding of sectoral vulnerability to climate change through the identification of current and predicted climate and weather-related impacts. A detailed analysis of climate change impacts to the sector is illustrated through case studies using site-based data. A series of short- and long-term adaptation actions are proposed along with a process for monitoring the sector’s progress in meeting the defined goals and objectives set forth by the Plan. To ensure the broadest engagement on the development and implementation of the CCASP and to maximise the potential for constructive input a mixture of online public consultation, one to one interviews and Stakeholder Workshops was employed. Workshops invited representatives from the government, local authorities, local heritage and conservation offices, climate action regional offices, universities and NGOs, conservation professionals, and representative bodies to share their opinions and experiences.
Project - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Skellig Michael, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Client – Office of Public Works
Duration – 2021 – ongoing
Description - Skellig Michael, one of two World Heritage Sites in Ireland faces issues due to climate change such as increased rain fall, sea level rise and wind. Research includes determining the predicted changes in climate for Skellig Michael in the next 50 years based on existing projections and evaluating how this will affect the site’s natural and cultural heritage significance, including OUV, and its socio-economic value to the region. The Climate Vulnerability Assessment is composed of applying the Adapt Northern Heritage risk assessment matrix in combination with the Climate Vulnerability Index by James Cooke University to Skellig Michael. Assessment of risks, vulnerabilities and adaptation options will be based on workshops with stakeholders including natural and cultural heritage specialists, technical experts, tourism and community representatives. Full assessment ongoing throughout 2021
Daly, C., C. Engel-Purcell, C. Chan, J. Donnelly, M. MacDonagh & P. Cox. 2020. ‘Climate Change Adaptation Planning, a National Scale Methodology’ in Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development Emerald
Carmichael, B., G. Wilson, I. Namarnyilk, S. Nadji, J. Cahill, S. Brockwell, B. Webb, D. Bird, & C. Daly, 2020. ‘A Methodology for the Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Options for Cultural Heritage Sites’ in Climate 8:88, MDPI Open
Daly, C. 2019 'Preliminary results from a legacy indicator tool for measuring climate change related impacts on built heritage' in Heritage Science, Springer Daly, C. 2016 ‘The Design of a Legacy Indicator Tool for Measuring Climate Change Related Impacts on Built Heritage’ in Heritage Science, Springer Open
Daly, C. 2019. ‘Adapting Heritage Policy for a Changing Climate: Reflections from Ireland’. Heritage Under Pressure Threats and Solutions. [Ebook] Oxbow Books. 285-295. ISBN 978-1-78925-246-0, 978-1-78925-247-7
Daly C. 2018. ‘Informing Heritage Policy in an Uncertain Climate; Reflections from Ireland' In: Cultural Heritage Facing Climate Change: Experiences and Ideas for Resilience and Adaptation, 18 - 19 May 2017, Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy. http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/31719/