Agricultural Meteorology in Ireland

A history of Agricultural Meteorology in Ireland from the perspective of Met Éireann has recently been published in the Journal of Biological Rhythm Research The full paper is available by contacting the AGMET Group. Abstract Ireland has a temperate climate influenced by the Atlantic Gulf Stream. This, combined with fertile soils and adequate rainfall, provides an environment ideally suited for grass. Grass is an inexpensive, nutritious feed for livestock, giving Ireland a competitive a...

Book Launch: The Soils Book of Ireland

This book provides a comprehensive overview of pedology in Ireland. It describes the main soil types of the country, their functions, ecological use, and the conditions to which they were subjected associated with management over time. In addition, it presents a complete set of data, pictures and maps, including benchmark profiles. Factors involved in soil formation are also discussed, making use of new, unpublished data and elaborations. The book was produced with the support and sponsorship of...

SQUARE Soil Quality Workshop

The SQUARE project Soil Quality Workshop which will be held on Thursday 28th June at Department of Agriculture Buildings Johnstown Castle Co Wexford. SQUARE is an Irish research project, led by Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Partners include the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, IT Sligo. Funding is provided by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. SQUARE also relies on many fa...

Event: Met Society Field Trip to Ballyhaise Agricultural College

The Irish Meteorological Society hare holding a Field Trip to Ballyhaise Agricultural College and Met Station on Saturday 19th of May. The weather promises to be fine and the day offers a very pleasant trip through the beautiful scenery of Ireland's Lakeland, with an excellent programme of talks and sights at Ballyhaise. To register for the event and for more information see   PROGAMME 09:00 am Pick up at The Custom House Quay – Morton's Coaches ...

Event: “The Wind that Shakes the Island”

Our friends at The Irish Meteorological Society are pleased to announce an exciting Conference on the theme of hurricanes and windstorms that affect Ireland. The Conference will take place in the RDS (Hall 7, Concert Hall) on Friday, 13th of April from 18.00 to 20.30. With Hurricane Ophelia still fresh in the mind, and with the recent experience of Storm Emma, it is clear to us all that severe weather events such as windstorms can have a huge impact on our lives. The ability to forecast such ...

Tromp Foundation biometeorology travel award

The Tromp foundation travel award to young scientists (TFTAYS) aims to support scientists who present papers in the area of biometeorology at the European Meteorological Society (EMS) Annual Conference. This year the EMS Conference will take in Budapest, Hungary, 3-7 September 2018. Deadline for applications and submission of abstracts is 13 April 2018. The award consists of financial support for travel expenditures of 500€ and registration at the conference. Young scientists under 3...

Public agrometeorology talks in February

There are two public talks this month directly related to agricultural meteorology, both of which to be given by Met Éireann’s Agricultural Meteorologist, Keith Lambkin. The first is the Teagasc Tillage Crop Seminar, to be held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Tuesday 13th February 2018 starting at 7:30pm. Here Keith will review the difficult season tillage farmers have experienced and will look to the future to see how the recent season is related to predicted climate tren...

Met Éireann MÉRA workshop

MÉRA is a climate reanalysis dataset recently released by Met Éireann. It covers Ireland and the UK over a 35 year period. This dataset is likely to prove a valuable resource to the agrometeorology community in Ireland. Our friends in Met Éireann will be holding a MÉRA workshop in May. Further details are below. We hope to see you there. Dear users of the MÉRA dataset, We would like to invite you to a MÉRA users workshop on Thursday May 17th 2018 in DCU Alpha (next door to Met Éireann,...

EMS Agrometeorology & Phenology session 2018

Abstract submissions are now being invited for the 'Agricultural Meteorology & Phenology' Session at this year's European Meteorological Society (EMS) conference. This year the annual conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary and run between 3rd – 7th September 2018. *** Deadline for abstract submissions is 13th April 2018  *** Last year saw Dublin host the largest ever Agricultural Meteorology Session at this EMS conference. Half of the presenters where from Ireland, which gives u...

Further Progress on the new Irish Grass Growth Model

Irish researchers have made further progress in developing a next generation grass growth model. In the scientific paper published this month, the author Jack McDonnell, categorises the usefulness of medium range weather forecasts in Ireland in relation to grass growth models. The abstract of the paper entitled "Verification and bias correction of ECMWF forecasts for Irish weather stations to evaluate their potential usefulness in grass growth modelling" can be viewed here.