Peer-reviewed publications


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 Int. J. Geo-Inf. 4, 199-219; doi: 10.3390/ijgi4010199​

Frei, A. and Murphy, C. (2015) Introduction to special issue on Hydro-climatic extremes. Journal of Extreme Events. In Press.

Christopher C. Hennon, Kenneth R. Knapp, Carl J. Schreck III, Scott E. Stevens, James P. Kossin, Peter W. Thorne, Paula A. Hennon, Michael C. Kruk, Jared Rennie, Jean-Maurice Gadéa, Maximilian Striegl, and Ian Carley, (2015), "Cyclone Center: Can Citizen scientists Improve Tropical Cyclone Intensity Records?" BAMS, 96, 591–607. doi:

Boyin Huang, Viva F. Banzon, Eric Freeman, Jay Lawrimore, Wei Liu, Thomas C. Peterson, Thomas M. Smith, Peter W. Thorne, Scott D. Woodruff, and Huai-Min Zhang (2015), "Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4), Part 1. Upgrades and Intercomparisons", J. Clim., 28, 911–930. doi:

Wei Liu, Boyin Huang, Peter W. Thorne, Viva F. Banzon, Huai-Min Zhang, Eric Freeman, Jay Lawrimore, Thomas C. Peterson, Thomas M. Smith, and Scott D. Woodruff (2015), "Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4): Part II. Parametric and Structural Uncertainty Estimations", J. Clim., 28, 931–951. doi:

Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L., Harrigan, S. (2015) A Cyclone Climatology for the British-Irish Isles 1871-2012. International Journal of Climatology. In Press, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4425.

Murphy, C., Tembo, M., Phiri, A. and Yerokun, S. (2015) Adapting to climate change in shifting landscapes of belief. Climatic Change, In Press, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1498-8.

Murphy, C., Creamer, C., McClelland, A., Boyle, M. (2015) The value of cross border emergency management in adapting to climate change. Borderlands. In Press. 

Noone, S., Murphy, C., Coll, J., Matthews, T., Wilby, R.L. and Walsh, S. (2015) Homogenisation and analysis of an expanded long-term monthly rainfall network for the Island of Ireland (1850-2010). International Journal of Climatology. In Press, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4522.

Osman, Y., Fealy, R. Sweeney, J (2015) 'Modelling extreme temperatures in Ireland under global warming using a hybrid peak-over-threshold & generalised Pareto distribution approach'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GLOBAL WARMING, 7:21 - 47.​

Outten, S., P.W. Thorne et al. (2015), "Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 1. Construction of two 30-member Earth System Model ensembles", JGR, 120,  doi:10.1002/2015JD023859,​

Praeg, D., McCarron, S. Dove, D. O’Cofaigh, C., Scott, G., Monteys, X., Facchin, L., Romeo, R., Coxon, P. (2015) ' Ice sheet extension to the Celtic Sea shelf edge at the Last Glacial Maximum'. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 111:107 - 112.​ 

Ryan, A., Grummell, B., Murphy, C., Downes, M. (2015) Climate Change and African Rural Communities: Reflecting on Interdisciplinary Practices. Adult Learner.  In Press.

Saif Al-Kalbani, M., Coll, J., Price, MF. (2015). Temperature and Precipitation Trends in the Mountains of Oman, and Implications for Future Climate Change.   Journal of Earth Science and Climatic Change. In press.
Sweeney, J. (2015) Climate Change and Development Education: New Opportunities for Partnership.  Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, 21, 11-30.  ​

Thébaudeau, B., Monteys, X., McCarron, S., O'Toole, R., & Caloca, S. (2015). Seabed geomorphology of the Porcupine Bank, West of Ireland. Journal of Maps, 1-12.

Thorne, P. W. (2015), "How do we know the globe warmed? What do we know about why?" Proceedings of the ICE - Forensic Engineering, Volume 168, Issue 2, doi:10.1680/feng.15.00003,;jsessionid=faoewgjloh6b.x-telford-live-01​

Thorne, P. W. et al. (2015), "Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 2. Comparison of model ensembles to observational estimates"
JGR, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JD022805,​​

Wilby, R.L., Noone, S., Murphy, C., Matthews, C., Harrigan, S., Broderick, C. (2015) An evaluation of persistent meteorological drought using a homogenous Island of Ireland precipitation network. International Journal of Climatology. In Press, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4523.

Willett, K. M. et al. (2015), "Global Climate" [in “State of the Climate in 2014”]. BAMS, 96 (7), pp.S5-S58 


Alexander, P.J., Mills, G. (2014). "Local Climate Classification and Dublin’s Urban Heat Island." Atmosphere, 5(4), 755-774; doi:10.3390/atmos5040755

Broderick, C. and Fealy, R. (2014) 'An analysis of the synoptic and climatological applicability of circulation type classifications for Ireland'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, 35:481 - 505.​

Coll, J., Bourke, D., Sheehy-Skeffington, M., Gormally, M. and Sweeney, J. (2014) Projected loss of active blanket bogs in Ireland. Climate Research, Vol. 59: 103–115, doi: 10.3354/cr01202

Harrigan, S., Murphy, C., Hall, J., Wilby, R. L., and Sweeney, J. (2014) Attribution of detected changes in streamflow using multiple working hypotheses, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1935-1952 doi:10.5194/hess-18-1935-2014.

Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L., Harrigan, S. (2014) Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change, 4, 738–740. doi:10.1038/nclimate2336

Matthews, T., Hodgkins, R., Wilby, R.L., Gudmundsson, S., Paisson, F., Bjornsson, H. and Carr, S. (2014) Conditioning temperature-index model parameters on synoptic Weather types for glacier melt simulations. Hydrological Processes (Early View) doi 10.1002/hyp.10217

B. Merz, J. Aerts, K. Arnbjerg-Nielsen, M. Baldi, A. Becker, A. Bichet, G. Blöschl, L. M. Bouwer, A. Brauer, F. Cioffi, J. M. Delgado, M. Gocht, F. Guzzetti, S. Harrigan, K. Hirschboeck, C. Kilsby, W. Kron, H.-H. Kwon, U. Lall, R. Merz, K. Nissen, P. Salvatti, T. Swierczynski, U. Ulbrich, A. Viglione, P. J. Ward, M. Weiler, B. Wilhelm, and M. Nied (2014) Floods and climate: emerging perspectives for flood risk assessment and management. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 2, 1559-1612. doi:10.5194/nhessd-2-1559-2014

Sweeney, J. (2014) Regional Weather and climates of the British Isles - Part 6: Ireland. Weather, 69(1), 20-27.​

Wilby, R.L., Dawson, C., Murphy, C., O'Connor, P. and Hawkins, E. (2014) The Statistical DownScaling Model  - Decision Centric (SDSM-DC): Conceptual Basis and Applications. Climate Research 61(3), pp.259-276.


Adger, W.N, Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C. and Sweeney, J. (2013) Changing Social Contracts in Climate Change Adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 3(4), 330-333.

Bastola, S. and Murphy, C. (2013) Sensitivity of the performance of a conceptual rainfall-runoff model to the temporal sampling of calibration data. Hydrology Research, 44(3), 484-494.

Coll, J., Woolf, D.K., Gibb, S.W. and Challenor, P.G. (2013) Sensitivity of Ferry Sevices to the Western Isles of Scotland to Changes in Wave and Wind Climate. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 1069-1084.​

Foley, A., Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2013) Model skill measures in a probabilistic regional climate projections for Ireland. Climate Research, 56, 33-49.​

McCarron, S.G. (2013) Deglaciation of the Dungiven Basin North-West Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 31: 43-71.

Mitchell, F.J.G., Stefanini, B.S. and Marchant, R. (2013) A Catalogue of Irish Pollen Diagrams. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 113, 1-31.

Mooney, P.A., Mulligan, F.J. and Fealy, R. (2013) Evaluation of the Sensitivity of the Weather Research and Forecasting Model to Parameterization Schemes for Regional Climates of Europe over the Period 1990-95. Journal of Climate, 26(3), 1002-1017.

Murphy, C., Harrigan, S., Hall, J. and Wilby, R.L. (2013) Climate-driven trends in mean and high flows form a network of reference stations in Ireland. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 58(4), 755-772.

O'Mahony, T., Zhou, P., Sweeney, J. (2013) Integrated Scenarios of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in Ireland: a Multi-Sectoral Analysis to 2020. Ecological Economics, 93, 385-397.​

Osman, Y.Z., Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J.C. (2013) Downscaling extreme precipitation in Ireland using combined peak over threshold generalised Pareto distribution model of varying paramters. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 4(4), 348-363.​

Radu, T., Gallagher, S., Byrne, B., Harris, P., Coveney, S., McCarron, S., McCarthy, T. and Diamond, D. (2013) Portable X-Ray Flourescence as a Rapid Technique for Surveying Elemental Distributions in Soil. Spectroscopy Letters, 46, 516-526.

Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Matthews, I.P., Blaauw, M., Daley, T.J., Charman, D.J., Roland, T.P., Plunkett, G., Schettler, G., Gearey, B.R., Turner, T.E., Rea, H.A., Roe, H.M., Amesbury, M.J., Chambers, F.M., Holmes, J., Mitchell, F.J.G., Blackford, J., Blundell, A., Branch, N., Holmes, J., Langdon, P., McCarroll, J., McDermott, F., Oksanen, P.O., Pritchard, O., Stastney, P., Stefanini, B.S, Young, D., Wheeler, J., Becker, K. and Armit, I. (2013) Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth-Science Reviews, 126, 300-320.


Bastola, S., Murphy, C. and Fealy, R. (2012) Generating probabilistic estimates of hydrological response for Irish catchments using a Weather generator and probabilistic climate change scenarios. Hydrological Processes, 26(15), 2307-2321.

Fealy, R. (2012) Deriving probabilistic based climate scenarios using pattern scaling and statistically downscaled data: A case study application from Ireland. Progress in Physical
Geography, 37(2), 178-205.

Keogh, S., Mills, G. and Fealy, R. (2012) The energy budget of the urban surgace: two locations in Dublin. Irish Geography, 45(1), 1-23.​

Liu, X. and Sweeney, J. (2012) Modelling the impact of urban form on household energy demand and related CO2 emissions in the Greater Dublin Region. Energy Policy, 46, 359-369.

Liu, X. And Sweeney, J. (2012) The Impacts of Climate Change on Domestic Natural Gas Consumption in the Greater Dublin Region. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 4(2), 161–178.​

McCarron, S.G. (2012) Sedimentological models of glacially influenced deposition along the western Irish continental shelf. Quaternary International, 279-280: 315-316.​

Mullan, D., Fealy, R. and Favis-Mortlock, D. (2012) Developing site-specific future temperature scenarios for Northern Ireland: addressing key issues employing a statistical downscaling approach. International Journal of Climatology, 32(13), 2007-2019.

Mullan, D., Favis-Mortlock, D. and Fealy, R. (2012) Addressing key limitations associated with modelling soil erosion under the impacts of climate change. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 156, 18-30.

Mullan, D., Favis-Mortlock, D. and Fealy, R. (2012) Modelling the impacts of climate change on future rates of soil erosion: Addressing key limitations. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 156, 18-30.

O'Mahony, T., Zhou, P. and Sweeney, J. (2012) The driving forces of change in energy related CO2 emissions in Ireland: A multi-sectoral decomposition from 1990-2007. Energy Policy, 44, 256-267.

Bastola, S. and Delclaux, F. (2011) Temporal extension of meteorological records for hydrological modelling of Lake Chad (Africa) using satellite rainfall data and reanalysis datasets. Meteorological Applications, 19(1), 54-70.

Bastola, S., Murphy, C. and Sweeney, J. (2011) The sensitivity or fluvial flood risk in Irish catchments to the range of IPCC AR4 climate change scenarios. Science of the Total Environment, 409(24), 5403-5415.

Bastola, S., Murphy, C. and Sweeney, J. (2011) The role of hydrological model uncertainties in climate change impact assessments of Irish river catchments. Advances in Water Resources, 34(5), 562-576.

John Coll, David Bourke, John Sweeney, Michael Gormally, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington (2011). Developing a predictive modelling capacity for a climate change vulnerable blanket bog habitat: Assessing baseline climate relationships. Irish Geography, 44:1, 27-60.

Gonzalez, A., Gilmer, A., Foley, R., Sweeney, J. and Fry, J. (2011) Applying geographic information systems to support strategic environmental assessment: Opportunities and limitations in the context of Irish land-use plans. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31(3), 368-381.

Hall, J. and Murphy, C. (2011) Robust adaptation assessment - climate change and water supply. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 3(3), 302-319.​

McGloughlin, J.S. and Sweeney, J. (2011) Multi-level climate policies in Ireland. Irish Geography, 44(1), 137-150.

P.A. Mooney, F.J. Mulligan, R. Fealy (2011) Comparison of ERA-Interim, ERA-40 and NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data with observed surface air temperatures over Ireland, International Journal of Climatology, Vol. 31, 4, p545-557.

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.


Coll, J., Stuart W. Gibb, Martin F. Price, John McClatchey, John Harrison (2010). Developing site scale projections of climate change in the Scottish Highlands. Climate Research, 45: pp.71-85.

Foley, R. and Sweeney, J. (2010) Introduction to Dublin 2026: The Future Urban Environment, Journal of Irish Urban Studies, 7-9, 1-3.

Hall, J. and Murphy, C. (2010) Vulnerability analysis of future public water supply under changing climate conditions: a study of the Moy Catchment, Western Ireland. Water Resources Management, 24(13), 3527-3545.

Murphy, C. and Fealy, R. (2010) Climate change impacts for Ireland. Part 2: changes in key climatic variables. Geographical Viewpoint, 29-43.​


Clark, J., McCabe, A.M., Schnabel, C., Clark, P.U., McCarron, S. and Freeman, S.P.H.T. (2009) Cosmogenic 10Be chronology of the last deglaciation of western Ireland and implications for sensitivity of the Irish Ice Sheet to climate change. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 121 (1-2), 3-16.

Murphy, C. and Fealy, R. (2009) Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. Part 1: The Global Context and Modelling the Future. Geographical Viewpoint, 37, 19-24


Fealy, R. and Fealy, R.M. (2008) The spatial variation in degree-days derived from locational attributes for the 1961 to 1990 period', Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research , 47 (1), pp 1-11

Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2008) Statistical downscaling of temperature, radiation and potential evapotranspiration to produce a multiple GCM ensemble mean for a selection of sites in Ireland, Irish Geography , 41, 1, pp 1-27

Gonzalez, A., Gilmer, A., Foley, R., Sweeney, J. and Fry, J. (2008) Technology-aided participative methods in environmental assessment: An international perspective. Computers, environment and urban systems, 32(4), 303-316.


Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2007) Statistical downscaling of precipitation for a selection of sites in Ireland employing a generalised linear modelling approach. International Journal of Climatology , pp 2083-2094

Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2007) Identification of frequency changes in synoptic circulation types and consequences for glacier mass balance in Norway. Norsk Geografik Tidsskrift- Norwegian Journal of Geography, 61, 76-91.


Charlton, R., Fealy, R., Moore, S., Sweeney, J. and Murphy, C. (2006) Assessing the impact of climate change on water supply and flood hazard in Ireland using statistical downscaling and hydrological modelling techniques. Climatic Change , 74(4 ), 475-491.

Murphy, C. and Fealy, R., Charlton, R. and Sweeney, J. (2006) The reliability of an “off-the-shelf” Conceptual Rainfall Runoff model for use in climate impact assessment: uncertainty quantification using Latin Hypercube sampling . Area , 38(1), 65-78


Donnelly, A., Jones, M.B, and Sweeney, J. (2005) A review of indicators of climate change for use in Ireland. International Journal of Biometeorology , 49, 1-12

Fealy, R. and J.C. Sweeney (2005) Detection of a possible change point in atmospheric variability in the North Atlantic and its effect on Scandinavian glacier mass balance. International Journal of Climatology , 25, 1819-1833


Knight, J., Coxon, P., McCabe, A.M., McCarron, S.G. (2004) Pleistocene glaciations in Ireland. Developments in Quaternary Science, 2, 183-191.


Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2003) A Preliminary Investigation of Future Climate  Scenarios for Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy  102B, 121-128.

Holden, N.H., Brereton, A., R. Fealy and Sweeney, J. (2003) Possible change in Irish climate and its impact on barley and potato yields. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, 116(3-4), 181-196

McElwain, L. and Sweeney, J. (2003) Climate Change in Ireland: Recent changes in temperature and precipitation, Irish Geography, 36(2), 97-111


Fealy, R. and J.C. Sweeney (2002) A Preliminary Investigation of Future Climate Scenarios for Ireland. Biology and Environment, 102B(3), 121-128

Sweeney, J. (2002) A Three Century Storm Climatology for Dublin , 1715-2000. Irish Geography, 33(1), 1-14