Dr Jenny Hanafin

Jenny Hanafin, Ph.D.

Earth Observation Activity Lead
Ph. D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
B. Sc. in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland
+353 91 397 851
NUI Galway

Dr. Jenny Hanafin is the Earth Observation Activity Lead at ICHEC. Her extensive experience in many aspects of remote sensing, includes operating satellite sensors for EUMETSAT while a postdoc at Imperial College London, to developing a system to retrieve atmospheric humidity from the Ordnance Survey Ireland network of GPS receivers for use in the Met Éireann forecast model.

Dr Hanafin joined the Environmental Science team in April 2018. Prior to joining ICHEC, she was Earth Observation and Modelling Manager at a leading oceanographic company in Ireland with responsibility for a team producing model and satellite earth observation data products and services for public and commercial users. Since joining ICHEC, her responsibilities have included project lead for a number of EO projects, including: INFER - using satellite data to monitor inland water quality for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency; AIREO - establishing AI-ready Earth Observation dataset specifications and best practices for the European Space Agency (ESA); ESA Atmospheric Validation Data Centre - a system to merge satellite and in situ atmospheric validation data; and Towards an Automated Surface Water Retrieval System for Synthetic Aperture Radar.

Her qualifications include B. Sc. in Marine Science, National University of Ireland, Galway and Ph. D. in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. 


As well as spending time way out on various oceans (Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic) on research vessels for work, she loves sailing and scuba diving.  She is also a fan of yoga, meditation, sci-fi and a bit of a foodie.


Cahalane, C., Magee, A., Monteys, X., Casal, G., Hanafin, J. A., Harris, P., A comparison of Landsat 8, RapidEye and Pleiades products for improving empirical predictions of satellite-derived bathymetry. Remote Sensing of Environment (2019), 233, 111414. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111414

D. K. Woolf, J. D. Shutler, L. Goddijn-Murphy, A. J. Watson, B. Chapron, P. D. Nightingale, C. J. Donlon, J. Piskozub, M. J. Yelland, I. Ashton, T. Holding, U. Schuster, S. Jones, F. Girard-Ardhuin, A. Grouazel, J-F. Piolle, M. Warren, I. Wrobel-Niedzwiecka, P. E. Land, R. Torres, J. Prytherch, B. Moat, J. Hanafin, F. Ardhuin, S. Herledan, and F. Paul Key Uncertainties in the Recent Air-Sea Flux of CO2. Global Biogeochemical Cycles (2019), 33 (12) pp 1548-1563 DOI: 10.1029/2018gb006041

Cahalane C., Hanafin. J. A., Monteys, X., Improving satellite-derived bathymetry. Hydro International (2017) 21(1) 16-19

Hanafin, J. A., and Coauthors, 2012: Phenomenal Sea States and Swell from a North Atlantic Storm in February 2011: A Comprehensive Analysis. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93, 1825–1832. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00128.1

Hanafin, J. A., R. McGrath, T. Semmler, S. Wang, P. Lynch, Steele-Dunne, S., P. Nolan, 2010. Air flow and stability indices in General Circulation Model future and control runs, International Journal of Climatology, 31 (8) 1240-1247,  DOI: 10.1002/joc.2125.

Hanafin, J. A. & P. J. Minnett, 2005. Measurements of the infrared emissivity of a wind-roughened sea surface Applied Optics, 44 (3) 398-411

Hanafin, J. A. & P. J. Minnett, 2001. Cloud forcing of surface radiation in the North Water Polynya (NOW) during NOW '98, Atmosphere-Ocean, 39 (3) 239-255 

Hanafin, J. A. & P. J. Minnett, 2001. Thermal profiling of the sea surface skin layer using FTIR measurements in Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces eds M. A. Donelan, W.M. Drennan, E.S. Saltzmann and R. Wanninkhof, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series, 127, 161-166. 

T. Semmler, R. McGrath, S. Steele-Dunne, J. Hanafin, P. Nolan and S. Wang, 2010. Influence of climate change on heating and cooling energy demand in Ireland. International Journal of Climatology, 30 (10) 1502-1511.

Steele-Dunne, S., P. Lynch, R. McGrath, T. Semmler, S. Y. Wang, J. Hanafin, P. Nolan, 2008, The impacts of climate change on hydrology in Ireland, Journal of Hydrology, 356 (1-2), 28-45

Wang, S. Y., R. McGrath, J. Hanafin, P. Lynch, T. Semmler, P. Nolan, 2008, The impact of climate change on storm surges over Irish waters Ocean Modelling, 25 (1-2) 83-94

Harries, J. E., J. E. Russell, J. A. Hanafin and co-authors, 2005. The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) Project Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86 (7) 945-960

Minnett, P. J., K. A. Maillett, J. A. Hanafin, B. J. Osborne, 2005. Infrared interferometric measurements of the near surface air temperature over oceans Journal of Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology, 22 (7), 1019-1032   

Minnett, P. J., R. O. Knuteson, F. A. Best, B. J. Osborne, J. A. Hanafin, O. B. Brown, 2001. Marine-Atmosphere Emitted Radiance Interferometer (M-AERI): a high-accuracy, sea-going infrared spectroradiometer, Journal of Oceanic & Atmospheric Technology, 18 (6) 994-1013

Kearns, E. J., J. A. Hanafin, R. H. Evans, P. J. Minnett, O. B. Brown, 2000.  An independent assessment of Pathfinder AVHRR sea surface temperature accuracy using the Marine-Atmosphere Emitted Radiance Interferometer (M-AERI), Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 81 (7) 1525-1536.


S. Dunne, J. Hanafin, P. Lynch, R. McGrath, E. Nishimura, P. Nolan, J. Venkata Ratnam, T. Semmler, C. Sweeney and S. Wang., 2008 Ireland in a Warmer World - Scientific Predictions of the Irish Climate in the Twenty-First Century, Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE Report 27, Wexford, Ireland. ISBN: 9781840953077 


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