Dr Paul O'Connor

Geography, ICARUS

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Laraghbryan House


Paul completed his PhD in hydrology at Maynooth University in early 2022, for which he reconstructed 250 years of river flows values for 51 river catchments in Ireland using multiple hydrological modelling techniques. Employing drought indicators he examined spatial and temporal changes in drought characteristics and linked reconstructed drought indicators to historical written records in Irish newspapers. Following a six months post doctorate role with the All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network, assessing Irish climate and biodiversity research outputs and the research environment on the island of Ireland, Paul has re-joined the Irish Climate Analysis Research Units to work on the IHRN project. This two year project seeks to update and advance an Irish reference network of hydrometric gauges (incl. river flows, lakes and groundwater) for monitoring and detecting climate change signals. 

Research Interests

Hydrological Modelling 
Flow Reconstruction
Drought Indicators
Drought Impacts
Drought propagation
Climate Change
Reference Hydrometric Networks

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 O'Connor P.;Murphy C.;Matthews T.;Wilby R.L. (2022) 'Relating drought indices to impacts reported in newspaper articles'. International Journal of Climatology, . [DOI]
2022 O'Connor P.;Murphy C.;Matthews T.;Wilby R.L. (2022) 'Historical droughts in Irish catchments 1767–2016'. International Journal of Climatology, . [DOI]
2020 O'Connor, P;Murphy, C;Matthews, T;Wilby, RL (2020) 'Reconstructed monthly river flows for Irish catchments 1766-2016'. Geoscience Data Journal, . [DOI] [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2022 O'Connor P.;Meresa H.;Murphy C. (2022) 'Trends in reconstructed monthly, seasonal and annual flows for Irish catchments (1900–2016)' Weather, . [DOI]


Year Publication
2022 Paul O'Connor (2022) Historical Droughts in Irish Catchments: Flow Reconstructions, Drought Characteristics and Impact Analysis. THES
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