Current Status and Required Actions for National Climate Observing Systems

Final Report for the ERTDI-funded project: 2005-FS-GC-27-M4

Summary: ERC Report 14 - Ned Dwyer

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-84095-314-5

Pages: 64

Filesize: 844KB

Format: pdf

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This report identifies the strategic directions and sets out a 31-point action plan for Ireland for the establishment, maintenance and further development of an integrated national climate observing system. It is based on the outcomes of extensive consultation with Ireland’s climate observation and research community. Furthermore, it documents the current observing capabilities in the atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial and hydrological domains; it identifies critical gaps and it provides proposals on how to address these. It also highlights a number of institutional barriers and management issues and underlines shortcomings in data accessibility. Steps to address these are identified and resources and costs are provided in a prioritized action plan. Implementation of these recommendations will require a minimum capital investment of 3.8 million, with an estimated ongoing annual requirement of 1.1 million.

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