Dr Conor Murphy

Geography, ICARUS

Senior Lecturer

Laraghbryan House
2.6
(01) 708 3494

Biography

Conor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University, having graduated with his PhD in 2007 (the subject of which was climate change and catchment hydrology). His research interests are broad ranging with a particular focus on:

i). Modelling impacts of climate change on the water cycle and exploring how uncertainty in future impacts can be integrated into decision making.
ii). Historical Climatology
iii). Understanding the social dynamics (past, present and future) of adaptation to climate change.
iv). Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting and Hydroclimatology

Conor has been awarded over €4 million in funding as PI or Co-I from National and European sources. His research engages closely with enterprise, public bodies and communities. For example, he is working with the Office of Public Works and Irish Water to develop innovative methodological approaches for stress-testing design of flood defenses and critical infrastructure to uncertainties in climate projections. Working with flood affected communities in Ireland and the UK his publication in Nature Climate Change with Adger et al. ‘Changing social contracts in climate change adaptation’  was awarded runner-up in the Lloyd’s Science of Risk prize 2013 (category: Geopolitical and Societal Risk), awarded annually by the insurance industry to research that furthers understanding of risk.


Conor has consistently published in top ranking international journals including; Science, Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Climatic Change, Climate of the Past, the International Journal of Climatology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and Advances in Water Resources (see publications tab for full list). He has also published numerous book chapters and government reports informing policy in the area. Conor has supervised 4 PhD researchers to completion and currently works with a talented team of post docs, Phds and Research Assistants. If you share common interests as Conor and are interested in pursing a research degree he is always happy to talk. 

Since its inception in 2008 Conor has been course director for the MSc Climate Change at Maynooth University, overseeing successful completion of over 100 masters’ students and supervising over 60 MSc theses. He teaches modules on climate change and catchment hydrology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2015 Conor was recipient of a National Teaching Expert Award, recognising innovative teaching development and delivery of an international, interdisciplinary masters course on Transformative Community Development devised with colleagues in Africa (Malawi and Zambia) and Maynooth (Adult and Community Education and Biology).

Conor sits on the National Adaptation Committee and has acted as expert reviewer for reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Extreme Events and is Review Editor for the Urban Climate Change Research Network Global Assessment Report. He is also a member of the Irish National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme. He has acted as expert reviewer for the European Research Council and other national and international science funding bodies. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Climate impacts on soil erosion and muddy flooding at 1.5C Vs 2C warming'
Donal Mullan, Tom Matthews, Karel Vandaele, Lestyn D. Barr, Graeme T. Swindles, John Meneely, John Boardman, Conor Murphy (2018) 'Climate impacts on soil erosion and muddy flooding at 1.5C Vs 2C warming'. Land Degradation and Development, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Navigating Cascades of Uncertainty — As Easy as ABC? Not Quite…'
Smith, K.A., Wilby, R.L., Broderick, C., Prudhomme, C. Matthews, C., Harrigan, S., Murphy, C. (2018) 'Navigating Cascades of Uncertainty — As Easy as ABC? Not Quite…'. Journal of Extreme Events, (1850007) [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Drivers and barriers of adaptation initiatives – How societal transformation affects natural hazard management and risk mitigation in Europe'
Thaler, T., Attems, M.S., Bonnefond, M., Clarke, D., Gatien-Tournat, A., Gralepois, M., Fournier, M., Murphy, C., Rauter, M., Papathoma-Kohle, M., Servain, S., Fuchs, S. (2018) 'Drivers and barriers of adaptation initiatives – How societal transformation affects natural hazard management and risk mitigation in Europe'. Science of the Total Environment, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Integrating data rescue into the classroom'
Ciara Ryan, Peter W. Thorne, Catriona Duffy, Ciaran Broderick, Mary Curley, Seamus Walsh, Conor Daly, Mairead Treanor, Conor Murphy (2018) 'Integrating data rescue into the classroom'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, [Details]
2018 'A 305-year continuous monthly rainfall series for the Island of Ireland (1711–2016)'
Conor Murphy, Ciaran Broderick, Timothy P. Burt, Mary Curley, Catriona Duffy, Julia Hall, Shaun Harrigan, Tom K.R. Matthews, Neil Macdonald, Gerard McCarthy, Mark P. McCarthy, Donal Mullan, Simon Noone, Timothy J. Osborn, Ciara Ryan, John Sweeney, Peter W. Thorne, Seamus Walsh, and Robert L. Wilby (2018) 'A 305-year continuous monthly rainfall series for the Island of Ireland (1711–2016)'. Climate of the Past, [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Assessing citizen science participation skill for altruism or university course credit: A case study analysis using Cyclone Center'
Phillips, C., Walshe, D., Regan, K., Strong, K., Hennon, C., Knapp, K., Murphy, C., Thorne, P.W. (2018) 'Assessing citizen science participation skill for altruism or university course credit: A case study analysis using Cyclone Center'. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, [Details]
2018 'An icy blast from the past'
Murphy, C. (2018) 'An icy blast from the past'. Weather, [Details]
2018 'Super Storm Desmond: a process-based assessment'
Matthews, TKR, Murphy, C., McCarthy, G., Broderick, C., Wilby R.L. (2018) 'Super Storm Desmond: a process-based assessment'. Environmental Research Letters (ERL), 13 (014024):1-13 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation'
Clarke, D., Murphy, C., Lorenzoni, I. (2018) 'Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation'. Journal of Environmental Psychology, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Changing climate shifts timing of European floods'
Blöschl, G., Julia Hall, Juraj Parajka, Rui A. P. Perdigão, Bruno Merz, Berit Arheimer, Giuseppe T. Aronica, Ardian Bilibashi, Ognjen Bonacci, Marco Borga, Ivan Čanjevac, Attilio Castellarin, Giovanni B. Chirico, Pierluigi Claps, Károly Fiala, Natalia Frolova, Liudmyla Gorbachova, Ali Gül, Jamie Hannaford, Shaun Harrigan, Maria Kireeva, Andrea Kiss, Thomas R. Kjeldsen, Silvia Kohnová, Jarkko J. Koskela, Ondrej Ledvinka, Neil Macdonald, Maria Mavrova-Guirguinova, Luis Mediero, Ralf Merz, Peter Molnar, Alberto Montanari, Conor Murphy, Marzena Osuch, Valeryia Ovcharuk, Ivan Radevski, Magdalena Rogger, José L. Salinas, Eric Sauquet, Mojca Šraj, Jan Szolgay, Alberto Viglione, Elena Volpi, Donna Wilson, Klodian Zaimi, and Nenad Živković (2017) 'Changing climate shifts timing of European floods'. Science, 357 (6351):588-590 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Climate-driven variability in the occurrence of major floods across North America and Europe'
Glenn A. Hodgkins, Paul H. Whitfield, Donald H. Burn, Jamie Hannaford, Benjamin Reynard, Kerstin Stahl, Anne K. Fleig, Henrik Madsen, Luis Mediero, Johanna Korhonen, Conor Murphy, Donna Wilson (2017) 'Climate-driven variability in the occurrence of major floods across North America and Europe'. Journal of Hydrology, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Communicating the deadly consequences of global warming for human heat stress'
Matthews, TKR., Wilby, R.L., Murphy, C (2017) 'Communicating the deadly consequences of global warming for human heat stress'. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, USA, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Towards an integrated set of surface meteorological observations for climate science and applications'
Peter Thorne; Robert J. Allan; Linden Ashcroft; Philip Brohan; Robert Dunn; Matthew Menne; Petra Pearce; Jessica Picas; Kate Willett; Mac Benoy; Stefan Bronnimann; Pablo Canziani; John Coll; Rick Crouthamel; Gilbert Compo; Donna Cuppett; Mary Curley; Christine Duffy; Ian Gillespie; Jose Guijarro; Sylvie Jourdain; Elizabeth Kent; Hisayuki Kubota; Tim Legg; Qingxiang Li; Jun Matsumoto; Conor Murphy; Nick Rayner; Jared Rennie; Elke Rustemeier; Laura Slivinski; Victoria Slonosky; Antonello Squintu; Birger Tinz; Maria Valente; Seamus Walsh; Xiaolan Wang; Nancy Westcott; Kevin Wood; Scott Woodruff; Steve Worley (2017) 'Towards an integrated set of surface meteorological observations for climate science and applications'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'A 250 year drought catalogue for the island of Ireland (1765-2015)'
Noone, S., Broderick, C., Duffy, C., Matthews, T., Wilby, R.L., Murphy, C. (2017) 'A 250 year drought catalogue for the island of Ireland (1765-2015)'. International Journal of Climatology, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'The “dirty dozen” of freshwater science: Detecting then reconciling hydrological data biases and errors'
Wilby, R, Clifford, N, De Luca, P, Harrigan, S, Hillier, J, Hodgkins, R, Matthew, T, Murphy, C, Noone, S, Parry, S, Prudhomme, C, Rice, S, Slater, L, Smith, K, Wood, P (2017) 'The “dirty dozen” of freshwater science: Detecting then reconciling hydrological data biases and errors'. WIREs Water, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Irish droughts in newspaper archives: Rediscovering forgotten hazards?'
Murphy, C., Noone, S., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Matthews, T., Wilby, R.L. (2017) 'Irish droughts in newspaper archives: Rediscovering forgotten hazards?'. Weather, [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Barriers to transformative adaptation: responses to flood risk in Ireland'
Clarke, D, Murphy, C., Lorenzoni, I (2017) 'Barriers to transformative adaptation: responses to flood risk in Ireland'. Journal of Extreme Events, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Transferability of hydrological models and ensemble averaging methods between contrasting climatic periods'
Broderick, C., Matthews, T., Wilby, R.L., Bastola, S., Murphy, C. (2016) 'Transferability of hydrological models and ensemble averaging methods between contrasting climatic periods'. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Sharing the Pain: Perceptions of Fairness Affect Private and Public Response to Hazards'
Adger W.N, Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C. (2016) 'Sharing the Pain: Perceptions of Fairness Affect Private and Public Response to Hazards'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Communicating past and futureclimate change in the context of memorable seasonal extremes'
Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Broderick, C., Wilby, R.L., Mullan, D. (2016) 'Communicating past and futureclimate change in the context of memorable seasonal extremes'. Climate Risk Management, 11 :37-52 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Adapting to climate change in shifting landscapes of belief'
Murphy, C;Tembo, M;Phiri, A;Yerokun, O;Grummell, B (2016) 'Adapting to climate change in shifting landscapes of belief'. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 134 (1):101-114 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'A Cyclone Climatology for the British-Irish Isles1871-2012'
Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L., Harrigan, S. (2016) 'A Cyclone Climatology for the British-Irish Isles1871-2012'. International Journal of Climatology, 36 (3):1299-1312 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'The value of cross border emergency management in adapting to climate change'
Murphy, C., Creamer, C., McClelland, A., Boyle, M. (2016) 'The value of cross border emergency management in adapting to climate change'. BORDERLANDS - THE JOURNAL OF SPATIAL PLANNING IN IRELAND, [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Homogenisation and analysis of an expanded long-term monthly rainfall network for the Island of Ireland (1850-2010)'
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] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'An evaluation of persistent meteorological drought using a homogeneous Island of Ireland precipitation network'
Wilby R.;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, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'A Case Study in Learning to Unlearn'
Downes, M., Grummell, B., Murphy, C. and Ryan, A (2015) 'A Case Study in Learning to Unlearn'. The Adult Learner, :104-111 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Introduction to special issue on Hydro-climatic extremes. Journal of Extreme Events'
Murphy, C. and Frei, A. (2015) 'Introduction to special issue on Hydro-climatic extremes. Journal of Extreme Events'. To be added, 2 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK'
Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R.L. and Harrigan, S. (2014) 'Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK'. Nature Climate Change, 4 :738-740 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Attribution of detected changes in streamflow using multiple working hypotheses'
Harrigan, S;Murphy, C;Hall, J;Wilby, RL;Sweeney, J (2014) 'Attribution of detected changes in streamflow using multiple working hypotheses'. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, 18 :1935-1952 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'The Statistical DownScaling Model - Decision Centric (SDSM-DC): conceptual basis and applications'
Wilby, RL;Dawson, CW;Murphy, C;O'Connor, P;Hawkins, E (2014) 'The Statistical DownScaling Model - Decision Centric (SDSM-DC): conceptual basis and applications'. Climate Research, 61 :259-276 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Changing social contracts in climate-change adaptation'
Adger, WN;Quinn, T;Lorenzoni, I;Murphy, C;Sweeney, J (2013) 'Changing social contracts in climate-change adaptation'. Nature Climate Change, 3 :330-333 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Sensitivity of the performance of a conceptual rainfall-runoff model to the temporal sampling of calibration data'
Bastola, S;Murphy, C (2013) 'Sensitivity of the performance of a conceptual rainfall-runoff model to the temporal sampling of calibration data'. Hydrology Research, 44 :484-494 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Climate-driven trends in mean and high flows from a network of reference stations in Ireland'
Murphy, C;Harrigan, S;Hall, J;Wilby, RL (2013) 'Climate-driven trends in mean and high flows from a network of reference stations in Ireland'. Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences, Hydrologiques, 58 :755-772 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Generating probabilistic estimates of hydrological response for Irish catchments using a weather generator and probabilistic climate change scenarios'
Bastola, S;Murphy, C;Fealy, R (2012) 'Generating probabilistic estimates of hydrological response for Irish catchments using a weather generator and probabilistic climate change scenarios'. Hydrological Processes, 26 :2307-2321 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Against a 'wait and see' approach in adapting to climate change'
Murphy C.;Bastola S.;Hall J.;Harrigan S.;Murphy N.;Holman C. (2011) 'Against a 'wait and see' approach in adapting to climate change'. Irish Geography, 44 (1):81-95 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Robust adaptation assessment - climate change and water supply'
Hall, J;Murphy, C (2011) 'Robust adaptation assessment - climate change and water supply'. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 3 :302-319 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'The sensitivity of fluvial flood risk in Irish catchments to the range of IPCC AR4 climate change scenarios'
Bastola S.;Murphy C.;Sweeney J. (2011) 'The sensitivity of fluvial flood risk in Irish catchments to the range of IPCC AR4 climate change scenarios'. Science of the Total Environment, 409 (24):5403-5415 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Evaluation of the transferability of hydrological model parameters for simulations under changed climatic conditions'
Bastola, S., Murphy, C.and Swweney, J. (2011) 'Evaluation of the transferability of hydrological model parameters for simulations under changed climatic conditions'. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, 8 :5891-5915 [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'The role of hydrological modelling uncertainties in climate change impact assessments of Irish river catchments'
Bastola, S;Murphy, C;Sweeney, J (2011) 'The role of hydrological modelling uncertainties in climate change impact assessments of Irish river catchments'. Advances in Water Resources, 34 :562-576 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Vulnerability Analysis of Future Public Water Supply Under Changing Climate Conditions: A Study of the Moy Catchment, Western Ireland'
Hall, J;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 :3527-3545 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. Part 2: Changes in Key Climatic Variables'
Murphy, C. and Fealy, R. (2010) 'Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. Part 2: Changes in Key Climatic Variables'. GEOGRAPHICAL VIEWPOINT, 38 :29-43 [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. Part 2: Changes in Key Climatic Variable'
Murphy, C. (2009) 'Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. Part 2: Changes in Key Climatic Variable'. GEOGRAPHICAL VIEWPOINT, 38 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'The reliability of an 'off-the-shelf' conceptual rainfall runoff model for use in climate impact assessment: Uncertainty quantification using Latin hypercube sampling'
Murphy C.;Fealy R.;Charlton R.;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 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Assessing the impact of climate change on water supply and flood hazard in Ireland using statistical downscaling and hydrological modelling techniques'
Charlton, R;Fealy, R;Moore, S;Sweeney, J;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 :475-491 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'The Social Contract for Climate Risks: Private and Public Responses'
Adger, W.N., Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C. (2018) 'The Social Contract for Climate Risks: Private and Public Responses' In: Theresa Scavenius, Steve Rayner (eds). Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Response: A New Approach to Climate Politics. London & New York: Routledge: The Earthscan Science in Society Series. [Details]
2016 'Urban Water Quality'
Murphy, C. (2016) 'Urban Water Quality' In: The Routledge Handbook of Urbanisation and Global Environmental Change. New York: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
2015 'Adapting to climate change: insights from the social sciences'
Murphy, C. (2015) 'Adapting to climate change: insights from the social sciences' In: Adapting to Climate Change: Governance Challenges. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing. [Details]
2015 'Robust Adaptation Assessment – Climate Change and Water Supply'
Hall, J. and Murphy, C. (2015) 'Robust Adaptation Assessment – Climate Change and Water Supply' In: Emerald Gems: New Perspectives in Climate Change. Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing. [Details]
2013 'Catchment Hydrology and Water Resources'
Murphy, C. (2013) 'Catchment Hydrology and Water Resources' In: Irelands climate: the road ahead. Dublin: Met ireann. [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Vulnerability assessment and adaptation appraisal for surface water resources'
Hall, J. and Murphy, C. (2013) 'Vulnerability assessment and adaptation appraisal for surface water resources' In: Co-ordination, Communication and Adaptation for Climate Change in Ireland: an Integrated Approach (COCOADAPT). Climate Change Research Programme (CCRP) Report Series No. 30. Wexford: Environmental Protection Agency. [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Catchment hydrology under future climate scenarios'
C Broderick, C Murphy (2013) 'Catchment hydrology under future climate scenarios' In: RESCALE: Review and Simulate Climate and Catchment Responses at Burrishoole, Technical Report'. Marine Research Sub Programme 2007-2013. Ireland: Marine Institute. [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Ireland'
Murphy, C. (2012) 'Ireland' In: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Second Edition. SAGE Publications. [Details]
2012 'Adapting Water Supply Systems in a Changing Climate'
Hall, J. and Murphy, C. (2012) 'Adapting Water Supply Systems in a Changing Climate' In: Water Supply Systems, Distribution and Environmental Effects. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers. [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Climate Change and Soil Hydrology: European Perspectives'
Bastola, S., Kumar, S., Murphy, C. and Sweeney, J. (2011) 'Climate Change and Soil Hydrology: European Perspectives' In: Soil Hydrology, Land Use and Agriculture: Measurement and Modelling. CABI. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Climate Change: Meeting the Challenge of Adaptation'
Murphy, C. and Fealy, R. (2009) 'Climate Change: Meeting the Challenge of Adaptation' In: in Critical Infrastructure: Adaptation for Climate Change. Dublin: The Irish Academy of Engineering. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'The Likely Physical Impacts of Future Climate Change on Inland Waterways and the Coastal Environment in Ireland'
Fealy, R. and Murphy, C. (2009) 'The Likely Physical Impacts of Future Climate Change on Inland Waterways and the Coastal Environment in Ireland' In: Climate Change, Heritage and Tourism: Implications for Ireland's Coast and Inland Waterways. The Heritage Council of Ireland Series. [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Climate Change and Water Resources in Ireland'
Murphy, C. and Charlton, R. (2008) 'Climate Change and Water Resources in Ireland' In: Climate Change: Refining the Impacts. Ireland: Environmental Protection Agency. [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Climate change scenarios and challenges for the water environment'
Murphy, C., Sweeney, J., Fealy, R. and Charlton, R. (2007) 'Climate change scenarios and challenges for the water environment' In: Ireland At Risk- Water. Dublin: The Irish Academy of Engineering. [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 Maynooth University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Early Career Research Award Maynooth University
2017 Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award Science Foundation Ireland
2015 National Teaching Expert Award
2013 Runner-Up Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee Member 2018 / 2018
National Adaptation Committee Member 2018 /
Irish National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme Member 2018 /
Journal of Extreme Events Member 2018 /
Advisory Committee on Climate Change for Implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Member 2010 / 2014