TRANSLATE: One Climate Resource for Ireland
The TRANSLATE project is a Met Éireann lead initiative to standardise future climate projections for Ireland and develop climate services that meet the climate information needs of decision makers. It is a collaborative effort led by climate researchers from University of Galway – Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), and University College Cork – SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine (MaREI), supported by Met Éireann climatologists. TRANSLATE focuses on reviewing existing climate models to produce a national set of standardised climate projections. Climate services are then developed from these standardised climate projections to aid climate risk decision making across multiple sectors (for example, transport, energy, water). Climate services can be described as a set of services that communicate climate science data/information into products (for example, indices, risk assessments, uncertainty estimates) tailored to meet climate sensitive decision makers.
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Keith Lambkin, Head of Climate Services at Met Éireann explains what TRANSLATE is:
Use our interactive tool below to explore how your County is projected to change in the future under different levels of Global warming.
Links to the fact sheets below:
In January 2022, a workshop was held to identify the needs of the Irish adaptation sector and Irish climate service users. Requirements and tools were identified to support sector specific climate adaptation planning (for example, sector relevant climate indicators). The workshop’s outputs included:
A list of climate indicators, especially related to wind, temperature and precipitation, that provide meaningful and actionable information to climate sensitive sectors.
Following the TRANSLATE workshop, a review of international climate services was conducted which continues to support TRANSLATE’s climate services development. Insights from the workshop and climate services review are being incorporated into the development of relevant climate indicators, metrics and other climate services. Prototype data sets (for example, climate indices, vulnerability and exposure metrics) are currently under development, as are tools that will address stakeholder and cross-sectoral needs for climate risk decision making.
What are Climate Services?
- Climate services, provided by Met Éireann, are focused on the timely production and provision of high quality data (observational data, gridded data, scientific analysis, etc) and products to decision makers. In order to support Irish society at large and facilitate the development and evaluation of adaptation and mitigation strategies for Ireland.
Building design files: This co-developed climate service product (with NSAI and DHLGH) uses the TRANSLATE data to address overheating in Ireland as a result of a warming climate.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland: TRANSLATE data will be used to ‘stress-test’ the rural road drainage system using future surcharge and flooding conditions. This will facilitate adaptation of vulnerable or exposed roads.
Climate Vulnerability Index: TRANSLATE data will be used to create an index of vulnerability to climate change, that will enable the heritage sector of Ireland to make informed decisions around the management of the individual sites that face climate risk impacts.