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Warmer and Wetter - Observing Ireland's Changing Climate

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The editors of the The Status of Ireland's Climate 2020 , published in summer 2021, will talk about observed changes in the Irish Climate.

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Longer warm spells, increased annual rainfall, increasing ocean acidity - these are just some of the changes observed in Ireland´s climate that Walther and Ned will talk about. Their work has pulled together observations for almost 50 essential climate variables across the atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial domains based on in-situ observations and satellite records. They will also provide insights into Ireland´s climate observation infrastructure. Their work is documented in the 2nd edition of the report on the Status of Ireland´s Climate published in August 2021. The observation made across Ireland are part of the national contribution to the Global Climate Observing System which was established by the WMO and other UN bodies to co-ordinate global climate observations and analyses. The work was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, Marine Institute and Met Éireann.

Dr. Walther Cámaro has worked on several projects linked to remote sensing, natural disasters, climate change and data analysis. He joined MaREI, University College Cork, on the European Space Agency (ESA) funded project Climate Change Initiative – Soil Moisture in 2017, working on the validation and verification of satellite derived soil moisture products. He is the co‐editor and one of the lead authors on the 2nd edition of Ireland´s climate status report, (2021). He has also worked in close collaboration with the EPA-funded Climate Ireland project, developing an online portal for essential climate variables. He currently works on an INTEREG funded ECHOES project, and part of his work is investigating potential effects of projected climate change on the distribution of key habitats and species in Ireland and Wales.

Dr. Ned Dwyer has been working with satellite data products since 1990 and more specifically has been focussed on Essential Climate Variables in relation to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) requirements since 2009. He has worked at ESA/ESRIN, EC/JRC (Ispra) and it was whilst he worked at University College Cork that he developed a strategy for Ireland´s national climate observing system. He is the editor or Ireland´s 1st climate status report (2013), and he is also the co‐editor and one of the lead authors on the 2nd edition of Ireland´s climate status report, (2021). He is now a freelance consultant, based in Lisbon Portugal.

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