Urban Environment Project

Climate Change

Rapid urbanization and rapid climate change are likely to characterize the 21st Century. These two drivers of change are intimately related, and in many parts of the world both cause and effect of the other. Frequently cities are also highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as temperature and rainfall changes, sea level rise and changes in food and energy supplies. But cities are also capable of adaptation and innovation if positioned to manage climate change. Focusing on Dublin will provide a useful perspective on these relationships and highlight where cities can best adapt to projected climate change.

Using the Greater Dublin Region as a test area, this sub-project will examine selected impacts on the urban area arising from projected climate change. This will provide national and local authorities with a methodology to anticipate impacts on energy and health care provision as well as flagging opportunities to benefit from a warming trend.

Objectives of this sub-project include:

  • Integration of a monthly climatological database for the Greater Dublin Region which will allow for future climate scenarios based on downscaling of global climate models for 2020, 2050 and 2080.
  • To take into account urban heat island effects in projecting future temperature conditions in the GDR and to evaluate future heating energy demand based on accumulated temperature relationships
  • To project changes in frost frequency and its impacts on de-icing of road, rail and aircraft in Dublin
  • Quantify changes in heat/cold related mortality in Dublin likely to occur as warming proceeds.

Leader: Dr. John Sweeney

Who’s Involved

Dr. John Sweeney
Xiaochen Liu


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