Former President Mary Robinson, whose tireless effort in raising awareness of climate change has been well documented, will address today, 12 December 2017,  symposium organised by Met Éireann on the challenges of Future Weather. The event will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin from 9am to 4pm. It will encompass three Sessions covering Climate Change, The Future of Forecasting and Responses to Weather Emergencies.

The symposium aims to raise awareness of the need for society to understand better the relationship between changes in climate and the changing characteristics of our weather. Improved understanding is necessary to underpin better societal adaptation and preparedness, to ensure that Ireland is weather and climate prepared and to help Irish society be ready for and responsive to weather and climate risks.

The symposium will feature keynote talks by high profile Irish speakers and internationally renowned scientists, including:

  • Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland 1990-1997, UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate)
  • Professor John Fitzgerald (Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor of Economics at TCD)
  • Professor Peter Lynch (UCD Meteorology and Climate Centre, Professor of Mathematics)
  • Professor Dame Julia Slingo (Former U.K. Met Office Chief Scientist 2009-2016)
  • Derek Hynes (ESB Networks, Operations Manager)

These talks will be complemented by a series of presentations from Met Éireann’s own staff.

Commenting on the event, the Director of Met Éireann, Eoin Moran said: “Met Éireann has recently developed its 10 year strategy ‘Making Ireland weather and Climate Prepared 2017-2027’ to provide a roadmap to meet the challenges of weather and climate over the coming years. The challenges of future weather and climate are indeed issues that we in Ireland will need to be well prepared to face. This will require an enhanced understanding of how changing climate will impact our weather and hence our society. For example, emergency managers are increasingly dependent on weather forecasts to make timely decisions and take appropriate actions before a high impact weather event hits, such as a storm or significant snowfall. It is thus timely, as part of this symposium that we examine the nature of our weather and how to best support decisions needed to manage impacts of weather in an Irish context.  In light of such challenges, I am delighted to welcome international experts and thought leaders in topics ranging across climate adaptation, climate analysis, weather and climate modelling, and climate justice to our event. I am excited by the range and scope of the presentations and look forward to a lively engagement between our speakers and the audience.”

Mr. Moran added: “We must now understand how broad scale changes in our climate relate to the characteristics of our weather, especially weather extremes and their impact in an Irish context. We need to adapt our meteorological infrastructure and services to emerging changes in our weather and climate to support improved decision making in relation to weather risks and impacts. We must understand better the interface between climate and weather and fully exploit the scientific potential to extend our capacity for forecasting weather from a range of days to seasons and potentially decades.”

Source: Department of Housing