Tools & Outputs

Tools and resources for coastal managers, researchers, and practitioners. 



Conservation Evidence Synopsis

Ecostructure tested a range of existing interventions in an Irish Sea context and conducted a thorough review of the literature to produce a synopsis of current evidence on eco-engineering, hosted by Conservation Evidence. The synopsis provides an accessible evidence base to allow practitioners to make informed decisions on the best way to apply the eco-engineering approach to any given project.





The topography and biodiversity of natural and artificial substrates at 69 selected sites were analysed at finer scales using aerial drones, LIDAR and photogrammetry alongside ecological surveys. This data is used in our online BioPredict tool, which is designed to facilitate the incorporation of biodiversity into the coastal planning process by predicting the biological communities that will be supported by proposed new artificial structures on the coast of the Irish Sea.




Larval Dispersal Modelling Tool

Non native species are transported to new areas in the ocean through human vectors such as  hull fouling.  However once they have arrived and colonised in a new region they typically spread through natural means, often through dispersal of larval stages in the plankton. Our online larval dispersal tool uses hydrodynamic models to model dispersal of larvae from coastal locations in the Irish Sea, providing insights into the potential future spread of both native and non-native species.




EF Predict

Ecostructure’s EFPredict tool can be used to predict the ecosystem functions of biological communities supported by artificial structures and hence to infer the ecosystem services that they might provide.




Ecostructure Mapping Repository

Ecostructure researchers mapped 3405 artificial structures and 1260 coastal flood defences on the Irish and Welsh shores of the Irish Sea, producing GIS maps that are available in an online repository. This work provides an indication of the current extent of coastal hardening and a basis for predicting further developments in response to climate change.




Natural Topography Tiles, Panels and Blocks

Ecostructure's ecological and topographic data was used to develop small tiles that replicated the topography of natural substrates associated with high levels of biodiversity or with rare or ecologically important species. These can be fixed to existing coastal structures such as sea walls. Larger panels and blocks were produced using form liners. These could be incorporated into new coastal structures or added to existing structures.