ICHEC Shortlisted at DatSci Awards 2017

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) are delighted to be named as finalists for 2017’s DataSci Awards for Best Contribution to Data Science from an Academic Research Body. This category is open to research groups or individuals in any third-level institution within the Island of Ireland and for projects conducted by the body in the prior 12 – 18 months.

ICHEC have been shortlisted for their work in completing two high resolution Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) downscaling simulations covering the period 1981-Present. 

Weather and climate shape economies and infrastructures touch upon nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from food supply to recreational activities to energy resources. Researchers, lead by Dr Paul Nolan, identified a lack of homogeneous, long-term, gridded datasets in 2016, after recognising a constant demand from industry, research and governmental sectors.

Such datasets have the potential to be utilised in a wide range of applications, including agricultural, hydrology, public health, energy (wind, wave, and solar), socio-economic planning and fundamental studies in observed climate change trends and variability. 

The project aim is to promote and make the data publicly available for researchers, policy makers, the general public and Irish industry to utilise the datasets for energy research purposes. The project shall underpin and support Ireland's energy commitments. For example, under the EU Directive on the Promotion of the Use of Renewable Energy (2009/28/EC, NREAP), Ireland is committed to ensuring that 16% of the total energy consumed in heating, electricity and transport is generated from renewable resources by 2020.

The simulations were run on the ICHEC supercomputing systems with the research funded by an EPA climate research project. The datasets were analysed in detail for energy applications. This energy research component was funded by SEAI. 

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Croke Park on the 21st of September