Recent Talks

Thursday September 30th

Dr Gerry Mulvey from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas and Nighthawk Weather LLC, spoke on: 

Changing Sea Surface Temperatures and their Impacts on Tropical Cyclones Reaching Europe

Thursday 24th June 2021

Dr Ian Gillespie from Maynooth University spoke on the use of sparse reanalysis products to create a distinct analysis of land surface air temperatures since at least 1900, providing an alternative for homogenization of land surface air temperature.

Thursday 22nd April: Guy Westbrook from the Marine Institute spoke on the Irish Sea Level monitoring network

As an Island nation, we are all aware of the concept of sea level, in the context of climate change it is important that we have a sustainable sea level monitoring network. In his talk Guy gave overview of the Marine Institute network at two sites, Union Hall Harbour and Howth Harbour, to enable accurate observations of sea level. 

Thursday 25th March 2021

John Garrett of John T Garrett and Associates spoke on ‘The role and duties of the Expert Witness’. This gave an insight into how expert witness principles are applied to forensic meteorology , firstly a talk by John Garrett,  then Willemien Phelan from Met Éireann discussed how a meteorologist prepares and presents weather reports as an expert witness.

Thursday 18th February 2021

Dr Saeed Golian of ICARUS, Maynooth University:

“Assessing how North Atlantic sea surface pressure can be used to increase the accuracy of seasonal precipitation prediction for the island of Ireland”


In 2003 Paul Downes, a native of Mullingar, followed his dream to chase supercell thunderstorms in the hopes of spotting one of mother nature’s most awe-inspiring weather phenomena, the tornado. Little did he know that this, once in a lifetime trip, would change his life. Hundreds of tornadoes later with a degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma Paul now works as an operational meteorologist with Met Eireann, however his passion for stormchasing has never waned

Thursday 26th November 2020

lastair McKinstry from ICHEC spoke about “The CMIP6 Experiments: Climate modelling with EC-Earth”:

This talk described the latest climate modelling results from EC-Earth and other models. CMIP6 is the latest Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, which feeds into the UN IPCC report on climate change in 2021, comparing the state of the art of climate models, what they predict and what remains unresolved. CMIP6 has involved all of the world’s major modelling teams, and the work here in Ireland has been led by Dr Paul Nolan.

Thursday 22nd October 2020

When is the day after tomorrow? by Dr Levke Caesar

This talk gave an introduction to tipping points/elements in the climate system and whether we should care about them. The Atlantic Ocean circulation transports massive amounts of heat into the North Atlantic region and a severe slowdown would affect the whole Northern Hemisphere. Climate models predict that the currents will weaken under global warming and recent studies suggest that this weakening has already started.

29th September 2020

Dr Lisa Orme, a Geography lecturer and palaeoclimatologist from the ICARUS research centre at Maynooth University, gave a presentation on:
“Changes in storminess and storm tracks in Europe during recent millennia” A very interesting talk on how it is possible to obtain evidence of past storminess from sand blown from beaches and dunes.