Urban Environment Project

The Study Area

The project is working at three scales. The first is the Greater Dublin Region comprising the four Dublin counties, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. These ‘UEP counties’ are shown below. This is what planners describe as a functional urban region and accounts for almost half of the Republic of Ireland’s population and employment. It is where much of the development pressure is most intense with population increases of 10 and 24 percent from 1991 – 2002 in the 4 Dublin counties and its hinterland respectively.

UEP Counties Map

UEP Counties Map


The second scale is the East Coast Dublin-Meath-Louth corridor. This corridor covers the airport, port, traffic, commercial and residential development. The impacts of climate change, sea level rise and associated environmental hazards are especially likely to impact this area.

East Coast Corridor Map

East Coast Corridor Map


The third scale is the smallest area, but with the finest detail. This incorporates the ‘Malahide corridor’ traffic zone and lies within the East Coast Dublin-Meath-Louth corridor. This is known as the Quickbird area.

Quickbird area Map

Quickbird Area Map