Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Patrick

Contact Surname: Fournet

Contact Address:

Met Éireann, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9

Telephone Contact Number: 0035318065578

Fax Contact Number: 0035318064247

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: State Agency/Goverment Department

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Met Éireann

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, is a line division of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. It is the leading provider of weather information and related services for Ireland. Our mission is to monitor, analyse and predict Ireland's weather and climate, and to provide a range of high quality meteorological and related information to our customers. This mission statement implies that we, as the National Meteorological Service, will: - help to ensure the protection and safety of life and property by issuing public weather forecasts and warnings; - contribute effectively to national prosperity and to Government objectives by supplying relevant meteorological services to all sectors of the economy; - ensure customer satisfaction by continually improving the range and quality of our forecasts, the cost-effectiveness of our operations and our overall standard of service; - foster a professional and supportive work environment which attracts, retains and develops committed employees; - ensure the maintenance of a high-quality and cost-effective meteorological infrastructure, consistent with national requirements and resources; - meet the State's obligations to provide meteorological services to the Aviation sector; - enhance the quality of our climatological archives and provide easy and effective access to our databases; - participate in the on-going development of meteorological science and its applications in collaboration with our European partners and with the wider international community; - contribute to the effective monitoring and good management of the natural environment. Met Éireann monitors, analyses and predicts Ireland's weather and climate. We provide a range of high quality meteorological and related information to our customers. Specifically, we have skills in the design and operational running of numerical weather models through our partnership with the HIRLAM international consortium ( We have considerable expertise in monitoring the Irish climate as we maintain an extensive observational network in Ireland and in Irish coastal waters. We run regional and global climate simulations (the latter through our partnership in EC-Earth (, providing authoritative advice on climate change. We provided global model data simulations to CMIP5 in support of IPCC AR5. Met Éreann has an extensive environmental monitoring program, focused on air quality. Met Éireann is a Member State of ECMWF and is a member of EUMETNET. It represents Ireland at WMO.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
meteorology weather forecasts warnings climate numerical weather prediction climate services climate change adaptation HPC

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

National Adaptation Steering Committee

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

 Climate services

 Earth Observations

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

 International cooperation

The following information was supplied about International Cooperation in SC5 Cross-cutting areas

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.


LIFE and COST Actions

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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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