- Urban Climates
- Climate Change Impact Assessment
- Climate Modelling
- Climate Observations
- Geographic Information Systems
- Environmental Science
Paul graduated from his BA in University College Dublin in 2009 Majoring in Geography. During his first year in UCD, 2006, he and a fellow student (Robert Mathews) applied to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy with a research proposal to create an interactive map of University College Dublin's 1.48Km2 campus for new students and visitors using Geographic Information Systems. The School kindly accepted their proposal and commissioned them for 10 weeks to carry out the project, making them the first Stage 1 students to ever be involved in such an undertaking. The project was subsequently completed on schedule and the map was launched on the university website, both Paul and Robert were commended by the Dean of Arts and College of Social Sciences and awarded 10 academic credits for the project.
Following this Paul lead numerous projects within Geography, including the development of the first weather station on UCD campus (GPEP1), and served on the staff student committee within the School.
In 2009 he began his Master’s by research (MSc) in Climatology on the topic of local climate zone boundary formation and the impact of this on urban air temperature in Dublin City.
In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (EPA- Environmental Science & Policy Award) to expand his research between UCD, NUIM and Arizona State University involving a rigorous climatological and meteorological campaign of measurements to assess the impact of Ireland's capitol on the atmosphere, thus strengthening networks of research both nationally and internationally, and placing Dublin on a short list of cities to engage in such work.
He completed his thesis in 2011 and was subsequently offered a Doctoral Teaching Fellowship from the Department of Geography NUIM.
Paul join’s ICARUS for his Doctorate, supervised by Rowan Fealy. His research interests are focused on Climatology and the effect the urban canopy has on the atmosphere and the potential impacts on human comfort under climate change scenarios. He has taught Geography undergraduates in UCD, SPCD, ASU and NUIM.
2011-2015 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Title: Essays on Urban Climate Model Validation and Application
Supervisor(s): Dr. Rowan Fealy (NUIM) & Dr. Gerald Mills (UCD)
2009-2011 Master of Science (MSc by Research) Climatology
Title: Local Climate Zones and the Urban Heat Island: A case study of Dublin
Research Paper: Local Climate Classification and Dublin's Urban Heat Island
Supervisor: Dr. Gerald Mills, University College Dublin
2008-2009 Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) Geography
Title: The impacts of the Thermohaline-Circulation on climatic control, glacial development and glacial behaviour in Ireland during the Holocene LGM
Supervisor: Dr. Colman Gallagher, University College Dublin
Doctoral Teaching Fellowship
Honours & Awards
Title: Winner 3MT (International 3 Minute Thesis Competition) – National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Title: Young Scientist Award - European Meteorological Society
Title: Doctoral Teaching Fellowship – National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Title: Fulbright Scholarship - EPA Environmental Science and Technology Award
Title: UCD & NUIM Seed Funding: Establishing a urban meteorological network
Title: Research and Development: UCD interactive map using GIS, UCD Humanities & Social Sciences
Membership & Contributor of Professional Associations
- International Association for Urban Climates (IAUC) , Function/Role: Member, Contributor
- Irish Meteorological Society (IMS), Function/Role: Role: Member, Contributor
- Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
- Association of American Geographers (AAG), Function/Role: Member
- Irish Climate Analysis & Research Units (ICARUS), Function/Role: Webmaster, Researcher
Committee Work / Service to the Field
- Committee: Staff-Student Committee Department of Geography NUIM, 2011/2012
- Committee: Staff-Student Committee School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, 2006-2011
- Editor: GeoNews Geographical Society of Ireland, 2013-Present
- Reviewer: International Journal of Urban Climate, 2013-Present
Publications, Posters and Conference contributions
- Alexander, P.J., Bradley K. 'Modeling the impact of Land Cover Change 1988-2006 on the Surface Energy Balance of Dublin City' (in preparation)
- Alexander, P.J. and Mathews, R. 'The Use of Automatic Personal Weather Stations for Teaching Geograhpy: The WIND project' (in preparation)
- Alexander, P.J., Fealy, R., Mills, G. 'Application of the LCZ-Coupled SUEWS in Lagos' (in preparation)
- Alexander, P.J., Fealy, R., Mills, G. (2015) Spatial validation of an urban energy balance model using multi-temporal remotely sensed surface temperature. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JURSE 2015); 978-1-4799-6652-3/15/2015-6a-4
- Alexander, P.J., Mills, G., Fealy, R. (2015) Using LCZ data to run an urban energy balance model, Urban Climate, Volume 13(3), 14-37, ISSN 2212-0955; doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.05.001
- Bechtel B, Alexander P.J., Böhner J, Ching J, Conrad O, Feddema J, Mills G, See L, Stewart I. (2015) Mapping Local Climate Zones for a Worldwide Database of the Form and Function of Cities. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; 4(1):199-219; doi:10.3390/ijgi4010199
- Alexander P.J., Mills G. (2014) 'Local Climate Classification and Dublin’s Urban Heat Island'. Atmosphere, 5(4):755-774. ; doi:10.3390/atmos5040755
- Alexander, P.J. (2012) Empirical and Modelled Relationships Between Urban Classification and Urban Climate. 8th International Conference on Urban Climate – ICUC8 and 10th Symposium on the Urban Environment. August 6-10, Dublin, Ireland.
- Alexander, P.J. (2012) Utilising Local-Scale Climate Classification for Rapid Parameterisation of Surface Energy Balance Schemes. EUROGEO 2012 Conference. June 1-3, 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
- Alexander, P.J. (2012) Simulation of the Urban Surface Energy Fluxes of Dublin using LUMPS: Towards a robust relationship with local‐scale surface classification. Conference of Irish Geographers. May 25-27, Dublin, Ireland.
- Alexander, P.J. (2012) Urban Climate Observations: Progress towards a Micro-scale Urban Met Forecast for Dublin. The Science of Weather Forecasting: Irish Meteorological Society Annual Conference. March 24, Dublin, Ireland.
- Alexander, P.J. (2011) The Impact of local climate zone formation on urban air temperature. Poster presented as part of the Tyndall Conference, September 28-30 Dublin, Ireland
- Alexander, P.J. (2011) ‘Urban climate methods at AAG annual meeting: Progress and gaps’ International Association for Urban Climate Newsletter. Issue no. 40 June
- Alexander, P.J. and Mills, G. (2011) Local Climate Classification and Dublin's Urban Heat Island. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington
- Alexander, P.J. and Mills, G. (2011) Revisiting Dublin's Urban Heat Island. Conference of Irish Geographers Annual Meeting, Limerick, Ireland
- Alexander, P.J. (2010) ‘Application of Local Climate Zone Classification for Urban Heat Island Studies’ Irish Meteorological Society Newsletter. Autumn/Winter 2010
- Alexander, P.J. (2010) Dublin’s Urban Climate. Poster presented as part of AGIT annual conference, Salzburg, Austria
- Alexander, P.J. et al., (2009) Meteorological Observations: Climate Measurement & Station Development 1st ed. Ireland: Lulu International press centre
2011-2012 GY114, GY124
2012-2013 GY111, GY114, GY202, GY311
2013-2014 GY111, GY310B, GY303
Kiara Bradley (2014) 'Impact of Land Cover Change on UHI extent and the UEB of Dublin 1988-2006'
Colm Byrne (2013) 'Investigation into Nocturnal Heat Island in Rural Towns'
Martha Colman (2013) 'Urban Climate of Small Towns'
Daire Fitzgerald (2013) 'Observation of Urban Heat Island'
Annie Fouinat (2013) 'Micro-Climatology and Urban Environments'
Thomas Hilton (2013) 'Temperature Shifts Between Urban and Rural Areas'
Lauren Lucas (2013) 'An Experiment on the Microclimates between Urban and Non-Urban Environments'
Christine O'Hanlon (2013) 'Micro-Climatology and Urban Environments'
Graham McAuley (2013) 'Micro-Climatology and Urban Environments'
Liann Rafter (2013) 'Mapping near surface air-temperatures across rural towns in Ireland'
Tel: +353 1 708 6392
Silvia is a Ph.D student at National University of Ireland Maynooth. She graduated with an honours B.Sc. in Geology (Speciality: Engineering geology) from the University of Oviedo, Spain (1999). After graduating, she worked as a geologist in the geotechnical-civil engineering field in Spain (Engineering & Mining faculty, University of Oviedo). She began to work in the Geological Survey of Ireland in 2001 initially in the Quaternary-Geotechnical section and after in the Groundwater and Information Management sections. In recent years she extended her studies through two Masters awarded by the National University of Maynooth: Research M.Sc. in Geographical Information Systems, Geophysics and Remote Sensing (2006) and M. Sc. in Climate Change (2009). She joined ICARUS in 2010 to work on an INFOMAR funded research project leading to a Ph.D studentship focused on the coastal vulnerability mapping of the Dublin Bay area to future impacts of climate change. She is currently on her final year.
• Climate change
• Remote sensing and Geophysics
Thesis title: Coastal vulnerability mapping of the Dublin Bay area to future impacts of climate change
Supervisor: Professor John Sweeney and Doctor Paul Gibson
Description of Project: The project aims to assess the vulnerability of the Dublin Bay area to impacts of climate change by integrating results from different data sources onshore and offshore, modelling activities and approaches to provide very high resolution climate change impact and vulnerability assessment studies in this high sensitive area.
INFOMAR funded by two research projects awarded in 2010 and 2012.
Publications and Abstracts
1. Xavier Monteys (1), Paul Harris (2), and Silvia Caloca (1). 2014. Empirical water depth predictions in Dublin Bay based on satellite EO multispectral imagery and multibeam data using spatially weighted geographical analysis. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 16, EGU2014-6677, 2014. EGU General Assembly 2014.
2. Gibson, P. J. (1), Caloca Casado, S. (2), Pellicer, X. (3) and Jiménez-Martín, D. (4). 2014. Mapping the internal structure of Bull Island, eastern Ireland with ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). 46th Conference of Irish Geographers. UCD, 8-10 May 2014. (Publication in progress).
3. Caloca, S. & Sweeney, J. 2010. Identification of physical indicators of coastal vulnerability to impacts of climate change and sea level rise in the Dublin area. Scientific report funded by INFOMAR in collaboration with the Irish Climate Research and Analysis Units (ICARUS). Call 2009-2010.
4. Caloca, S., Gibson, P., Martín, D. 2012. Integrated Coastal Mapping of Dublin Bay.Geomorphology based on geophysical data, Satellite inferred bathymetry and 3D integration with INFOMAR datasets. Scientific report funded by INFOMAR in collaboration with the Irish Climate Research and Analysis Units (ICARUS) & the Environmental Geophysics Unit (Dept Geography, NUIM). Call 2011-2012.
5. Monteys, X.; Praeg, D.; Caloca, S.; Gardia-Gil, S. 2008. Iceberg keel marks on the Porcupine and Rockall Banks, NE Atlantic. American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting 2008, abstract OS24A-06.
6. Sleeman, A.G., Scanlon, R.P., Pracht, M & Caloca, S. 2008. Landscape and Rocks of the Burren. (Special Sheet in the Bedrock Geology 1:50,000 Map Series (Geological Survey of Ireland).
1. Gibson, P., Caloca, S ., Pellicer, X., J., Jiménez-Martín, D. 2014. Mapping the internal structure of Bull Island, eastern Ireland with ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical resistivity (ERT). 46th Conference of Irish Geographers. UCD, 8-10 May 2014.
2. Xavier Monteys (1), Paul Harris (2), and Silvia Caloca (1). 2014. Empirical water depth predictions in Dublin Bay based on satellite EO multispectral imagery and multibeam data using spatially weighted geographical analysis. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 16, EGU2014-6677, 2014. EGU General Assembly 2014.
3. Caloca, S., Gibson, P., and Martín, D. 2012. Integrated Coastal Mapping of Dublin Bay.Geomorphology based on geophysical data, Satellite inferred bathymetry and 3D integration with INFOMAR datasets. INFOMAR annual research meeting. Geological Survey of Ireland. March 2012.
4. Caloca, S. 2011. Coastal vulnerability assessment of the Dublin area to future impacts of climate change. ICARUS (NUIM) workshop regarding Mary Robinson’s visit. February 2011.
5. Quaternary and Geophysical Research workshop: Physical properties study on Irish peat bogs using a Multi-sensor core logger. ICARUS (NUIM). April 2009.
6. Annual GSI colloquium: Geophysical investigation of Quaternary glacial deposits in North Co. Offaly and South Co. Westmeath. Geological Survey of Ireland, July 2007.
1. Caloca, S., Sweeney, J., Gibson, P. 2012. Coastal vulnerability assessment to impacts of climate change and sea level rise in the Dublin area. Annual staff meeting. February 2012. (Poster presentation).
2. Caloca, S. 2011. Coastal Vulnerability and Sea level rise. Irish Meteorological Society. Newsletter. Series 2, Edition 4. April 2011.
3. Caloca, S, Sweeney, J and Gibson, P. 2011. Identification of physical indicators of coastal vulnerability to impacts of climate change and sea level rise in the Dublin area. Irish Met Society Conference. March 26th, NUI, Maynooth 2011 (Poster and Podcast).
4. Caloca, S., Sweeney, J., Gibson, P., Scanlon, R. 2010. Assessing regional coastal vulnerability indicators to impacts of climate change and sea level rise in the Dublin area. Geoscience Conference in Dublin Castle, Dublin, November 2010 (Poster presentation).
5. Caloca, S., Monteys, X., McCarron, S., Downes, M. 2009. Physical Properties study of Irish Peat Bogs using non-destructive high-resolution techniques. Transient Changes in Past Warm Climates workshop. Past Global Change Reconstruction & Modelling Techniques Course. University of Urbino, Italy (USSP); July 23-August 5, 2009 (Poster Presentation).
6. Caloca, S. 2007.Geophysical Investigation of Quaternary Glacial Sediments in South Co. Westmeath and North Co. Offaly. Geology matters, The Newsletter of the Geological Survey of Ireland. Issue No. 6, Spring 2007.
7. Caloca, S., McKeon, C., Scanlon, R.P. and Pellicer, X. 2007 – A GIS of landslides in Ireland, 13th EC GI and GIS Workshop, Porto (Poster Presentation).
Laraghbryan House (Room 1.9)
Tel: +353 1 708 6836
• Climate change vulnerability
• Societal adaptation to climate change
• Flood risk management mitigation
Darren graduated with a BA Joint Honours Degree in Geography and Business from Maynooth University in 2014. He is now pursuing his doctorate degree (PhD) under the supervision of Dr. Conor Murphy at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS) at Maynooth University. Darren’s PhD project was the first of its kind in Ireland to receive funding under the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Climate, a collaboration between 14 European countries to jointly co-ordinate their climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives.
Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation (TRANS-ADAPT)
Supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy
2014-2017 JPI Climate with support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Title: Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation (TRANS-ADAPT).
Membership & Contributor of Professional Associations
Irish Climate Analysis & Research Units (ICARUS) - Member
European Geosciences Union (EGU) – Member
Royal Geographical Society (RGS) – Member
Teaching & Professional Experience
2015: Professional Certificate in Postgraduate Teaching & Learning (5 credit ECTS rating). Maynooth University.
2015: Teacher M.Sc. in Climate Change, GY655 – Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation. Department of Geography: Maynooth University.
Undergraduate Tutor GY124 – Introduction to Human Geography: People and Places. Department of Geography: Maynooth University.
Committee Work / Service to the Field
2014: Met Eireann work placement involving analysis of historical Irish precipitation data - Dublin
2013: Summer Programme of Undergraduate Research Internship (SPUR) - Maynooth University
2013: Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP) mapping asset density in inner city - Dublin
Publications, Posters and Conference contributions
Gatien-Tournat, A., Bonnefond, M., Gralepois, M., Fournier, M., Servain-Courant, S., Clarke, D., Driessen, P., Fuchs, S., Thaler, T., Hegger, D., Mees, H. and Murphy, C. (2015) ‘Bottom-up initiatives for flood risk management in Europe: How can we evaluate governance processes and spatial outcomes? (TRANS-ADAPT research project, JPI Climate funding)’ [Oral Presentation – Presented by Amandine Gatien-Tournat], AESOP Annual Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 13-16 July 2015.
Gatien-Tournat, A., Bonnefond, M., Gralepois, M., Fournier, M., Servain-Courant, S., Clarke, D., Driessen, P., Fuchs, S., Thaler, T., Hegger, D., Mees, H. and Murphy, C. (2015) ‘Bottom-up initiatives for flood risk management in Europe: How can we evaluate governance processes and spatial outcomes? (TRANS-ADAPT research project, JPI-Climate)’ [Poster Presentation – Presented by Amandine Gatien-Tournat], Our Common Future under Climate Change, Paris, France, 7-10 July 2015.
Clarke, D. (2015) ‘Community-led approaches to flood risks in Ireland: the role of social justice, social capacity and place attachment in influencing outcomes’ [Oral Presentation]. Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University, Belfast, 21-24 May 2015.
Fuchs, S., Thaler, T., Bonnefond, M., Clarke, D., Driessen, P., Hegger, D., Gatien-Tournat, A., Gralepois, M., Fournier, M., Mees, H., Murphy, C. and Servain-Courant, S. (2015) ‘Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation (TRANS-ADAPT)’ [Poster Presentation – Presented by Sven Fuchs], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 April 2015.
Clarke, D. (2013) Barack Obama: Friend or Foe of Climate Change. Maynooth: Department of Geography Milieu.
2014: Department of Geography Professor T. Jones Hughes Prize for best overall performance in third year examinations - Maynooth University
2014: School of Business Prize for Best Business student in Arts - Maynooth University
2013: First place, Second Arts and Social Sciences Examination Prize - Maynooth University
2013: Department of Geography Best overall performance in second year examinations - Maynooth University
palaeolandscape reconstruction, climate change, dating methods in ice sheet reconstruction, sedimentology, foraminifera
Martha graduated from Maynooth University with a double honours BA in Geography and History in 2013. Having found an interest in palaeolandscape reconstruction she went on to do a MSc in Dating and Chronology at Queen’s University Belfast. As a PhD student at ICARUS her current research involves ice sheet reconstruction along the North Mayo coast using chronology and palaeoenvironmental evidence. Martha was involved in the winning Irish bid to hold the 2019 International Quaternary Association (INQUA) congress in Ireland.
Epidemiology of Plant Diseases
Decision Support Systems in Agriculture
Optimization of potato late blight caused by P infestans control in Ireland
Potato late blight caused by the oomycete pathogen P. infestans continues to be the most economically destructive disease of potato crops in Ireland. The development of late blight is highly dependent on favorable weather conditions. Currently control is reliant on fungicides and given the potential yield loss and/or increased costs associated with controlling epidemics if initiated, fungicides are intensively applied prophylactically. As such IPM strategies incorporating decision support systems have been developed throughout Europe, primarily based on prevailing weather conditions as a means of aiding the correct timing of fungicides. Currently Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service issue late blight warning based on ‘Irish Rules’ devised by Bourke (1955). These rules do not take account of the P. infestans population and changes which have taken place, the susceptibility of the potato variety grown or activity of fungicides applied. The aim of this project is to re-evaluate the ‘Irish rules’ incorporating these different aspects of production. To achieve these goals comparisons between warning systems will be undertaken using Irish weather and disease data, and both laboratory and field based studies will be used to determine the interaction between P. infestans genotype, potato susceptibility and fungicide on subsequent late blight development.
Dr. Rowan Fealy (Maynooth University), Dr. Steven Kildea (Teagasc) and Dr. Denis Griffin (Teagasc)
Mladen has done his Bachelor studies in field of Crop Production/Crop protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Master Studies: Biomolecular Techniques and Plant Protection at Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia. After that he spend a year at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy research - NIBIO, working on forecasting systems for crop pests.
Throughout his career he maintained strong relationship with NGO sector in field of youth non formal education and rural development. He is interested in photography, sports and good food.
T-E. Skog, M. Cucak, B. Nordskog, H. Eikemo, H. Hole, A. F. Schjøll, J. Netland, N. Trandem, T. Rafoss, R. Meadow. (2015) Oral presentation: VIPS – an Open Source technology platform for prognosis and decision support and its implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IV International Symposium and XX Scientific Conference of agronomists of Republic of Srpska. Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
T-E. Skog, M. Cucak, B. Nordskog, H. Eikemo, H. Hole, A. F. Schjøll, J. Netland, N. Trandem, T. Rafoss, R. Meadow. (2015) VIPS – an Open Source technology platform for prognosis and decision support. Plant health for sustainable agriculture. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Awards and Scholarships
2012 – 2014
Erasmus Mundus scholarship for Master Course
EEA grant for internship at NIBIO
2016 – 2019
Doctoral fellowship at Maynooth University and TEAGASC
Membership in Professional Associations
European Association for Potato Research
The American Phytopathological Society
Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mladen-cucak-b500b626
Tel: +353 (0)892571521
Padraig graduated from Maynooth University in 2013 with an International BA in Geography and Economics, where he first became interested in climate change. As part of this degree he spent a year studying at Utrecht University, studying a diverse range of subjects including psychology and medieval Irish literature. He returned to Maynooth University to continue his studies and graduated from the M.Sc. in Climate Change in 2014 receiving the department prize. He is currently working towards a PhD investigating the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on Irish agricultural emissions of soil carbon and nitrogen. This involves the use of statistical computing, R, Python and GIS.
Climate Change, Soil Carbon, Extreme Weather, Weather Volatility, Environment, Climate Policy
Working Title: Investigating the impacts of climate, climate change and weather volatility on Irish agricultural emissions of soil carbon and nitrogen.
Start Date: 01-12-14 Supervisor: Rowan Fealy Co-Supervisor: Reamonn Fealy
Flattery, P. (2013) Quantification of the anthropogenic heat flux from non-residential buildings in Dublin city centre. MSc thesis, Maynooth University.
Flattery, P (2015) Estimating Soil Carbon in Ireland: Exploring Methodologies. Wageningen Soil Conference 2015, Wageningen, Netherlands.
Flattery, P. (2015) Estimating Soil Carbon: Exploring Methodologies. Conference of Irish Geographers Annual Meeting, Belfast, Ireland.
Flattery, P. (2015) Impacts of climate change and extreme weather on Irish agricultural emissions of soil carbon. Maynooth University Department Presentation
Department prize for highest results in the Climate Change M.Sc.
2014/15: Completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
2014/15: Academic tutor to individual M.Sc students
2015: Tutor to first year geography undergraduates (GY124, GY114)
2015: Demonstrator to second year geography undergraduates (GY202, GY201)
Irish Meteorological Society (IMS)
Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI)
The investigation of the utility of 20th Century reanalyses products to identify and adjust for data artefacts to create a new and methodologically distinct analysis of land surface air temperatures since at least 1900 and possibly earlier with the view to provide input to next generation 20th Century reanalysis projects.
Supervisor:- Professor Peter Thorne
Ian has over 20 years experience working as a Technical Director/Project Manager with a leading Irish Company. He also spent a number of years working on waste recycling and pollution control in the UK. He was a founder Director of BioGreen Ireland Ltd. and developed innovative renewable energy products suitable for Irish climatic conditions. He is a strong believer in continuous professional development. While working he completed his undergraduate and Post Graduate studies in Environmental Science by distance learning through the Open University and Trinity College Dublin. His dissertation for his Master of Environmental Science degree was on the combustion of waste paper in fluidised bed application as a method of reducing green house gas emissions. To balance his technical expertise Ian completed a Master of Business Administration in 2013 in Dublin institute of Technology.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, AUNGIER ST, DUBLIN - MBA
OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES, UK - Master of Environmental Sciences
OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES, UK - PGD in Environmental Decision-Making
OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES, UK - Honours Degree in Environmental Science
OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES, UK - Diploma in Pollution Control
TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN - Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management
TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN - Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION AWARDS, CARLOW INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY- Diploma in Applied Biology
CITY & GUILDS, LONDON INSTITUTE - Certificate in Quality Control
INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS OF IRELAND (IEI)
INSTITUTION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (ISOH)
THE ASSOCIATION OF MBA’S OF IRELAND
The Electrical Power Generation derived from the Combustion of Waste Paper to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Master Thesis
Feasibility Study of Proposed Laois Sustainable Living Training Centre
Processed Fuel Oil and Steam Boilers
Alternative Strategy in a Dualistic Market- Master Thesis Of Business Administration (MBA)
Shaun graduated with a double honours degree in Mathematics and Geography from the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) in 2009. In 2010 he obtained an MSc in Climate Change from the Department of Geography at NUIM, thesis title: "Detection of Climate Change in Irish Streamflow Records". He then worked for two years as a research assistant on hydroclimate related projects at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS). In 2012 he began a PhD at NUIM on the ‘hydroclimatology of floods’. This is an interdisciplinary area of research that aims to better understand large-scale climate drivers of flooding over multi-decadal time-scales.
Hydroclimatology, Climate-flood link, Climate Change, Detection and attribution, Statistics, Hydrological modelling.
PhD (2012-2015 Expected)
Title: Exploring the Hydroclimatology of floods: Advanced Process Understanding for Improving Predictions.
Supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy
Shaun’s PhD research involves:
- Detection of spatio-temporal changes in extreme precipitation and floods
- Identification of large-scale climate drivers of floods
- Understanding how individual catchment physiographic properties modulate the climate-flood link
- Increasing rigour in the attribution of detected changes in streamflow observations by using a multiple working hypotheses approach that considers many plausible candidate drivers of change, such as climate and land-use changes.
SFI: Attribution of Changes in Streamflow (2012)
Title: Climate or Land-use change? Complexities in attributing changes in streamflow records.
Description: This research involved the detection and attribution of changes within streamflow, using the Boyne catchment in Ireland as a case study. Taking both human disturbances, such as the impact of historical arterial drainage schemes and external climate drivers into consideration, a better understanding of the causes of variability and change in flows was achieved.
Funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), 10 months, January-October 2012.
EPA: HydroDetect Project (2011)
Title: HydroDetect: The Identification and Assessment of Climate Change Indicators from an Irish Reference Network of River Flow Stations.
Project team: Principle investigator: Dr. Conor Murphy (ICARUS), Co-Supervisor: Professor Rob Wilby (Loughborough University), Research assistants: Shaun Harrigan and Julia Hall (ICARUS).
Description: The current Irish observed hydrometric network was capitalised upon in order to identify and analyse hydrological climate change indicators. Secondly, detection times and magnitude of change needed for detection of future potential climate change signals in streamflows were explored so that specific early warning climate change monitoring sites could be recognised within the network.
Funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment Climate Change Research Programme (CCRP) 2006-2013, 12 months, January-December 2011.
Funding and Awards
2015: Fully funded to participate in the 2015 Lancaster University “NERC Advanced Training Short Course in Extreme Flood Events: Forecasting, Modelling & Response”, Lake District, UK, January 19th - 23rd.
2014: Funded scholarship to participate in the 2014 NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) Advanced Study Program on “Uncertainty in Climate Change Research: An Integrated Approach”, Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 21st – August 6th.
2012-2015: IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology) ‘EMBARK’ initiative PhD scholarship (3 years funding (€72,000), from November 2012). Title “Exploring the Hydroclimatology of floods: Advanced Process Understanding for Improving Predictions”.
2011: ‘Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists’ Presentation Award’ (British Hydrological Society) “in recognition of outstanding achievement, originality and presentation of studies in hydrology”.
2010: Survey (1 month) on the November 2009 flooding in Ireland (Galway) and the UK (North Cumbria) funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK and the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.
2010: Postgraduate Academic Award (NUI Maynooth): ‘Professor Patrick J Duffy Award’ for Best Postgraduate Performance in Geography.
2009: Undergraduate Academic Award (NUI Maynooth): ‘Best Physical Geography Grades in Final Year Examinations’.
Wilby, R.L., Noone, S., Murphy, C., Matthews, T., Harrigan, S., Broderick, C. (2015) An evaluation of persistent meteorological drought using a homogeneous Island of Ireland precipitation network. International Journal of Climatology, Early View, doi: 10.1002/joc.4523.
Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L., Harrigan, S. (2015) A cyclone climatology of the British-Irish Isles 1871–2012. International Journal of Climatology, Early View, doi: 10.1002/joc.4425.
Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L., Harrigan, S. (2014) Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change. 4(9), 738–740, doi: 10.1038/nclimate2336.
Merz, B., Aerts, J., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Baldi, M., Becker, A., Bichet, A., Blöschl, G., Bouwer, L.M., Brauer, A., Cioffi, F., Delgado, J.M., Gocht, M., Guzzetti, F., Harrigan, S., Hirschboeck, K., Kilsby, C., Kron, W., Kwon, H.-H., Lall, U., Merz, R., Nissen, K., Salvatti, P., Swierczynski, T., Ulbrich, U., Viglione, A., Ward, P.J., Weiler, M., Wilhelm, B., Nied, M. (2014) Floods and climate: emerging perspectives for flood risk assessment and management. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci.. 14(7), 1921–1942, doi: 10.5194/nhess-14-1921-2014.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Hall, J., Wilby, R. L., and Sweeney, J. (2014) Attribution of detected changes in streamflow using multiple working hypotheses. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 1935-1952, doi:10.5194/hess-18-1935-2014.
Murphy, C., Harrigan, S., Hall, J. and Wilby, R.L. (2013) Climate-driven trends in mean and high flows from a network of reference stations in Ireland. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 58(4), 755-722, doi:10.1080/02626667.2013.782407.
Murphy, C., Bastola, S., Hall, J., Harrigan, S., Murphy, N. and Holman, C. (2011) Against a ‘wait and see’ approach in adapting to climate change. Irish Geography, 44 (1), 81-95, doi: 10.1080/00750778.2011.615707.
Murphy, C., Harrigan, S., Hall, J. and Wilby, R.L. (2013) HydroDetect: The Identification and Assessment of Climate Change Indicators from an Irish Reference Network of River Flow Stations. Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, pp 89, ISBN 978-1-84095-507-1.
Link to report: http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/climate/CCRP_27_HydroDetect.pdf
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C and Wilby, R.L. (2015) ‘Classification of Extreme Homogeneous Rainfall Regions for Ireland’ [Oral Presentation], 47th Conference of Irish Geographers, Queen’s University, Belfast, May 21st – 4th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. and Wilby, R.L. (2015) ‘Development of a flood-index for Ireland’ [PICO Presentation], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 12th to 17th.
Harrigan, S. (2015) ‘Why more hydrologists need to look up’ [Oral Presentation], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 12th to 17th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Hall, J., Wilby, R.L. and Sweeney, J. (2014) ‘Multi-driver attribution of detected hydrological change’ [Oral Presentation], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 27th – May 2nd.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Hall, J., Wilby, R.L. and Sweeney, J. (2014) ‘Improving Attribution of Detected Changes in Streamflow for Management of Unfolding Impacts on Hydrological Systems’ [Oral Presentation], Dooge-Nash International Symposium 2014, Dublin Castle, Dublin, April 24th – May 25th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. and Hall, J. (2013) ‘Current approaches to climate change detection in observed records – A critical reflection’ [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG), NUI Galway, Galway, May 16th - 18th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Hall, J. and Wilby, R. (2013) ‘Complexities in the attribution of trends: disentangling drivers of change and the importance of metadata’ [Poster Presentation], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 7th - 12th.
Hall, J., Murphy, C. and Harrigan, S. (2013) Climate driven variability of temporal trends in low flow indicators for Ireland’ [Oral presentation – Presented by Julia Hall], European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 7th - 12th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Noone, S., Wilby, R. and Hall, J. (2012) ‘Climate or land-use change? Complexities in the attribution of trends in river flow records’ [Oral Presentation – Presented by Conor Murphy], American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, December 3rd - 7th.
Wilby, R. L., Murphy, C., Harrigan, S. and Hall, J. (2012) ‘Evaluating long-term trends in mean- and high- river flows using a network of reference stations in Ireland’ [Oral Presentation – Presented by Conor Murphy], American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, December 3rd - 7th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. and Hall, J. (2012) ‘Misleading trends in river flows from human disturbance within the Boyne catchment, Ireland’ [Oral Presentation], EUROGEO 2012
Conference – ‘Geography and Global Understanding – Connecting the Sciences’, St. Patricks College, Dublin, June 1st - 3rd.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. and Hall, J. (2012) ‘Reconstructing River Flows – the Impact of Arterial Drainage on Long-Term Trends in River Flows: A Case Study of the Boyne Catchment’ [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, May 25th - 27th.
Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. and Hall, J. (2012) ‘HydroDetect: Identification and Assessment of Hydrological Climate Change Indicators for the Irish Benchmark Network’ [Poster Presentation], International Water Association (IWA) World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, Convention Centre, Dublin, May 13th - 18th.
Harrigan, S. (2011) ‘Detection of Climate Change in Hydrological Records: An Irish Case Study’ [Oral Presentation], 12th Annual International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) Colloquium – ‘Technical and Social Vulnerabilities due to Natural Hazards’, University of Stuttgart, Germany, November 2nd - 4th.
Harrigan, S. (2011) ‘HydroDetect: The Identification and Assessment of Climate Change Indicators for Irish Benchmark Network’ [Oral Presentation], Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists' Event (British Hydrological Society) – ‘Adapting water management to climate change: Putting our science into practice', Loughborough University, UK, April 12th -13th.
Harrigan, S. (2011) ‘HydroDetect: The Identification and Assessment of Climate Change Indicators for Irish Benchmark Network’ [Oral Presentation], Presented to Dr. Mary Robinson (former president of Ireland) and Dr. Tara Shine of the Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice, held in the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, NUI Maynooth, February 1st.
Teaching and Professional Experience
2015: Co. delivered a 4 day workshop on ‘R’ Statistical Computing to PhD students, Post-docs and researchers at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) under the Irish Geosciences Graduate Programme (IGGP).
2014: Professional Certificate in Postgraduate Teaching & Learning (5 credit ECTS rating) from NUI Maynooth.
2013-present: Teaching on M.Sc. level, GY669 – Hydrology: Variability and Change (semester 2) and final year undergraduate, GY310 – Hydrology in a changing world (semester 2).
2012-present: Organising committee of the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS). Link to YHS website: http://younghs.com/.
2013-present: Co-convener of sessions within the Hydrological Sciences division at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna. 2014: ‘SC2/HS11.1 Meet the expert in hydrology - How young scientists can contribute to ‘Hydrology in a changing world’ (Open Discussion) (co-organized)’ and ‘SPM1.23 Getting in touch with the Young Hydrologic Society (public)’. 2013: ‘SPM 1.17 Getting in touch with the Young Hydrologic Society (public)’.
2010-2013: Undergraduate Tutor, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth (Course(s): GY114 and GY124). GY114 - Introduction to Physical Geography: Geoscience (semester one) and GY124 - Introduction to Human Geography: People and Places (semester two).
2012: Participated in the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) ‘Climate Change Masterclass’ with Nobel laureate Prof. Mario Molina, November 20th.
2012: Participated in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) workshop on ‘Floods and Climate: Understanding and Exploiting the Link Between Floods and Climate’, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research, Centre for Geosciences, Germany, October 4th to 5th.
2011: Delivered a workshop on ‘Detecting change in the catchment’, M.Sc. in Climate Change (GY669 - Hydrology: Variability and Change), NUI Maynooth, October 18th.
Memberships & Affiliations
• International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) - Member
• American Geophysical Union (AGU) - Member
• European Geosciences Union (EGU) - Member
• European Meteorological Society (EMS) - Member
• British Hydrological Society (BHS) - Member
• Irish Meteorological Society (IMS) - Member
• The Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) - Member
• Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) - Organising committee
Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS),
Laraghbryan House, North Campus,
Tel: +353 1 708 6834
Irene began her undergraduate degree in Maynooth in 2007 and moved from a general arts degree to specialise in Single Honours Geography in her second year. In 2008 she completed a SPUR summer research internship within the Geography Department at NUIM focused on the development of a new First Year Physical Geography Tutorial Programme. During her undergrad she was also class representative for geography, a member of the staff/student liaison and feedback committees and a member of the Geography Society (2010) and editor of the annual Geography department Journal Milieu (2010).
She received a first class honour for her undergraduate thesis titled "Ireland in Transition: a profile of the Irish Transition Movement", which in examined the geographical distribution of Transition Towns throughout Ireland.
In September 2010 she graduated top of her class with a first class honour and commenced her PhD in the department in October 2010 having received a John and Pat Hume Scholarship.
Geographies of energy, Sustainable consumption, climate change adaptation, governance of energy, GIS.
'Old Home, Cold Home?’ Building Energy Ratings and their application in the Regulation of Environmental Sustainability.
Description of Project
Climate change mitigation, rising fuel prices, increasing levels of fuel poverty and concerns over future fuel security have highlighted the importance of energy efficiency as a key component of sustainable energy policy. The residential energy sector has been identified as having a large capacity for increases in energy efficiency. This has been operationalised in Ireland through the introduction of a number of grant based retrofit programs over the past decade which yielded a result of approximate 14% of the national stock receiving some form of efficiency upgrade.
A large portion of the two million strong housing stock still require attention in order to meet energy efficiency targets and see an overall reduction in energy consumption within the sector. Area based targeting of this type of policy measure has proven to improve outcomes and increase cost effectiveness for participants and government. However Ireland lacks a sufficient evidence base on which to develop this type of policy approach.
Significant stakeholder engagement with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has provided a unique catalogue of 330,000 records of energy performance certificates rich with information on key building characteristics on which to develop a geographically focused dataset of a large sample of the national housing stock. For the first time the development of household energy profiles that can be plotted at low geographical scales is possible. Using innovative spatial statistical methods such as geographically weighted regression (GWR) the research will facilitate a new and deeper understanding of the potential explanatory factors for spatial variations in policy outcomes and the energy efficiency of the building envelope across the state.
Framed by the current debates surrounding the appropriate forms of energy governance and the equitable implementation of sustainable environmental policies, the research will provide key insights into the impacts of both regulation and voluntary governance approaches and the unequal distributions of policy outcomes in order to inform the national and international policy community.
Prof. Mark Boyle, Dr. Ronan Foley
John and Pat Hume Scholarship (2010)
Prof T Jones Hughes Prize (2010)
Flooding and Flood Management in Glasgow Milieu, 2009 32nd ed, 89-98
After Peat: A New approach to the discipline of Geography Milieu, 2010 33rd ed, 45-46
North Campus, NUI Maynooth,
+353 1 708 6836
Prior to 2008 Simon was a managing director/self employed business person running several different companies for over 18 years. He began his undergraduate studies in Geography and Spanish as a mature student in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in September 2008. He received an honours degree in Geography in 2011. Continuing his studies, he undertook a Master of Science degree in climate change and graduated with first class honours in 2012. He is currently pursuing his PhD at ICARUS.
His interests are climate change, recovery of historical precipitation records, data homogenisation, historical hydrological modelling, reconstructing river flow records, long term trends, past hydrological extremes and regime shifts in Irish river flow.
PhD Title- Recovery and homogenisation of archived precipitation data (1850-2012) and the reconstruction of river flows for detecting and attributing climate change signals.
Future projections of climate change coupled with recent hydrological volatility and associated economic and societal impacts have focused attention on the need to better understand variability and change in hydro-climatic variables. Long records of observations are critical for this task. In Ireland widespread monitoring of river flows only commenced in the 1970s and many longer records have been impacted by human activities such as arterial drainage making the differentiation of anthropogenic climate change signals from natural variability difficult. Additionally, projections of future changes are highly uncertain making tracking emerging signals from long series of observations an important management tool in adapting to changing risk. In addressing these challenges a rich data source exists in the form of archived precipitation data collected since the initiation of formal monitoring networks in Ireland from the 1850s. This research aims to produce high quality, long-term datasets through the rescue and recovery of this data and the reconstruction of river flow series for individual catchments.
Archived paper records of precipitation will be transcribed, digitised and homogenised for key catchments, with full use made of associated metadata, available international gridded databases and objective weather classification schemes in verifying the quality of recovered data. Precipitation, dating to the 1850s will be used to run hydrological models to produce ensemble reconstructions that quantify uncertainty in hydrological modelling. Flow data will be statistically analysed for evidence of change using state-of-the-art methods and visualisation tools. The relationship between detected changes and atmospheric circulation will be examined and dominant weather types associated with flood and drought-rich periods identified.
Supervisor- Dr. Conor Murphy
Memberships and Affiliations
Irish Meteorological Society
Geographic Society of Ireland
2014-2016: Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
2012-2014: John and Pat Hume PhD scholarship.
2011/12: First class honours MSc. in Climate Change.
2011/12: Geography Department best performance for highest grade in MSc. climate change course 2011/12.
2010: Summer Programme of Undergraduate Research internship (SPUR).
May/2013: Presented at the Conference of Irish Geographers, Galway.
April/2013: Presented at the NUIM Geography department research seminar
December/2012: Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Noone, S., Wilby, R. & Hall, J. (2012) ‘Climate or land-use change? Complexities in the attribution of trends in river flow records’ American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco (USA),.
2011-date: First year undergraduate tutor in the NUIM Geography Department.
2011-date: Second year undergraduate demonstrator in the NUIM Geography Department
2014: Third year undergraduate tutor in the NUIM Geography Department,
2010-date: Employed by the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis and National Centre for Geo-computation, NUIM as a research assistant. Producing mapping modules, geo-coding, network analysis projects and processing data that has been uploaded to (www.airo.ie) & (www.chg.ie ).
2013/14: Completed Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, NUIM.
2013/14: Postgraduate representative in the Geography Department, NUIM.
2012/13 Completed course in Statistical analysis using R with the Mathematics and Statistics Department, NUIM.
Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainability, Tourism and Climate Change, Climatic Indices
Tel: +353 1 708 6836