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Dr. Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan

Dr. Paul Nolan
Computational Scientist
Tel: +353 1 5241608 (ext. 32)

Paul joined the ICHEC team in March 2013 as a Computational Scientist under the European HPC project PRACE.

Previously, he worked at the Meteorology & Climate Department at University College Dublin (UCD) as a postdoctoral researcher. His research involved simulating the effects of global warming on the future climate of Ireland using the method of Regional Climate Modelling. To address the issue of model uncertainty, a Multi-Model Ensemble approach was employed. These simulations were run on the ICHEC and ECMWF supercomputing facilities.

Paul was awarded a PhD from UCD in 2009. The main area of research was modelling the effects of climate change on the wind energy resource of Ireland. For the first year of his PhD, he was based at the Community Climate Change Consortium for Ireland (C4I) Department, Met Éireann. He received an MSc in high performance computing from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 and an MSc in mathematics in 2003.

Paul also lectured part-time at UCD in the areas of Climate Dynamics and Numerical Analysis.

Peer Reviewed Publications (2006-2017):

  • John O’Sullivan, Conor Sweeney, Paul Nolan, Emily Gleeson (2015) A high-resolution, multi-model analysis of Irish temperatures for the mid 21st-century. International Journal of Climatology.
  • Abdalla, M., Hastings, A., Helmy, M., Prescher, A., Osborne, B., Lanigan, G., Forristal, D., Killi, D., Maratha, P., Williams, M., Rueangritsarakul, K., Smith, P., Nolan, P. and Jones, M. B. (2014). Assessing the combined use of reduced tillage and cover crops for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from arable ecosystem. Geoderma, Elsevier.
  • M. Abdalla, K. Rueangritsarakul, M. Jones, B. Osborne, M. Helmy, B. Roth, J. Burke, P. Nolan, P. Smith, M. Williams. How Effective is Reduced Tillage–Cover Crop Management in Reducing N2O Fluxes from Arable Crop Soils? Water, Air, & Soil Pollution.
  • Nolan, P., Lynch, P. and Sweeney, C. (2012) Simulating the future wind energy resource of Ireland using the COSMO-CLM model. Wind Energy.
  • Nolan, P., P. Lynch and C. Sweeney; (2011) Simulating Climate Change and its Effects on the Wind Energy Resource of Ireland. Wind Energy.
  • Hanafin, J, McGrath, R, Semmler, T, Wang, S, Lynch, P, Steele-Dunne, S, Nolan, P; (2011) Air flow and stability indices in GCM future and control runs. International Journal of Climatology, 31:1240-1247.
  • Sweeney, Conor, Peter Lynch and Paul Nolan (2011) Reducing errors of wind speed forecasts by an optimal combination of post-processing methods. Meteorological Applications.
  • Semmler, T, McGrath, R, Steele-Dunne, S, Hanafin, J, Nolan, P, Wang, S; (2010) Influence of climate change on heating and cooling energy demand in Ireland. International Journal of Climatology, 30:1502-1511.
  • Steele-Dunne, S., Lynch, P., McGrath, R., Semmler, T., Wang, S. Y., Hanafin, J., Nolan, P., (2008) The impacts of climate change on hydrology in Ireland. Journal of Hydrology, 356 (1-2):28-45.
  • Wang, S, McGrath, R, Hanafin, J, Lynch, P, Semmler, T, Nolan, P; (2008) The impact of climate change on storm surges over Irish waters. Ocean Modelling, 25:83-94.
  • Semmler, T, Varghese, S, McGrath, R, Nolan, P, Wang, S, Lynch, P, O’Dowd, C; (2008) Regional climate model simulations of North Atlantic cyclones: frequency and intensity changes. Climate Research, 36:1-16.
  • Semmler, T, Varghese, S, McGrath, R, Nolan, P, Wang, S, Lynch, P, O’Dowd, C; (2008) Regional model simulation of North Atlantic cyclones: Present climate and idealized response to increased sea surface temperature. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 113.
  • S. Wang, R. McGrath, T. Semmler, C. Sweeney, and P. Nolan (2006) The impact of the climate change on discharge of Suir River Catchment (Ireland) under different climate scenarios. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

Published Publications (2005-2017):

  • Nolan P. (2015) Ensemble of regional climate model projections for Ireland, 2015. Environmental Protection Agency, Report 159. [Read]
  • Gleeson, E., McGrath R., Treanor M., Nolan, P. et al. (2013). Ireland’s climate: the road ahead. Met Éireann, Dublin, Ireland. [Read]
  • Susan Dunne, Jenny Hanafin, Peter Lynch, Ray McGrath, Elisa Nishimura, Paul Nolan, Tido Semmler, Conor Sweeney and Shiyu Wang (2008) Ireland in a Warmer World: Scientific Predictions of the Irish Climate in the Twenty-First Century. Community Climate Change Consortium for Ireland (C4I) final report, Met Éireann, Dublin, Ireland.
  • McGrath R., E. Nishimura, P. Nolan, J.V. Ratnam, T. Semmler, C. Sweeney, S.Wang, (2005) Climate Change: Regional Climate Model Predictions for Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin, Ireland.