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Kirstin Lemon


Dr Kirstin Lemon is a member of the senior leadership team at the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland with expertise in both past and present climate change through her PhD research on climate change in the geological past and more recently through a MSc in Climate Change and Development.  This has helped her to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of climate change processes and their direct and indirect interactions with development together with an expert knowledge of international and national policy responses.

Kirstin’s skills include public engagement and communication, including informing public policy on issues relating to climate change. She represents the GSNI on Government cross-departmental expert working groups on climate change-related issues including the climate change adaptation working group and the coastal forum working group and provides information and advice on climate-resilient development through the NI planning process.
A large part of Kirstin’s work involves sustainable geological tourism development and she has worked with organisations across Ireland and the UK in this field and increasingly more so internationally. Kirstin works extensively with UNESCO Global Geoparks and collaborates closely with both UNESCO in Paris and with the national commissions in both Ireland and the UK. She is a former member of the first UNESCO Global Geoparks Council. 

Kirstin is a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, especially when it comes to tackling climate change, and is a passionate supporter of activities that focus on reducing the impacts of climate change for women and girls and other marginalised groups. 

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