Murphy, Conor and Fealy, Rowan
Climate Change: Meeting the challenge of adaptation.
Irish Academy of Engineering, Dublin.
The purpose of this paper is to provide information to the engineering community on
where we currently stand in our knowledge of the impacts of climate change in Ireland. It
seeks to identify what we know and where the key uncertainties lie in relation to climate
variables and impacts that are critical to designing robust engineering strategies for the
future. Rather than trawl the substantial literature in the limited time available it provides
some of the important findings from the key reports produced for Ireland in recent years,
particularly Sweeney et al., 2008, McGrath et al., 2008 and Hulme at al., 2002. The thrust
behind these reports has been to inform policy development in adapting to climate
change. It is hoped that these findings will serve as a starting point for dialogue between
the climate change research community and the engineering community about where we
need to go from here in order to refine and provide the best information as possible for a
profession with a substantial degree of responsibility in ensuring successful adaptation to
climate change for this and future generations in Ireland.
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