Researchers at UCD


Paul Alexander


School Of Geog, Planning & Env Policy

Tel: +353 1 716


Paul graduated from his BA in University College Dublin in 2009 Majoring in Geography. During his first year in UCD, 2006, he and a fellow student (Robert Mathews) applied to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy with a research proposal to create an interactive map of University College Dublin's 1.48Km2 campus for new students and visitors. The School kindly accepted their proposal and commissioned them for 10 weeks to carry out the project, making them the first Stage 1 students to ever be involved in such an undertaking.

The project was subsequently completed on schedule and the map was launched on the university website, both Paul and Robert were commended by the Dean of Arts and College of Humanities and Social Sciences and awarded 10 academic credits for the project.

Following this Paul lead numerous projects within Geography, including the development of the first weather station on UCD campus (GPEP1), and served on the staff student committee within the School.

In 2010, Paul was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (EPA- Environmental Science & Policy Award) to run a joint project between UCD, NUIM and Arizona State University involving a rigorous climatological and meteorological campaign of measurements to assess the impact of Ireland's capitol on the atmosphere, thus strengthening networks of research both nationally and internationally, and placing Dublin on a short list of cities to engage in such work. 

Paul's research interests are focused on Climatology and the effect the urban canopy has on the atmosphere: he is currently researching the effect of Dublin's Urban Canopy on the atmosphere on two levels:

Firstly the generation of Dublin's modern Urban Heat Island (UHI) (post 20th century "boom") using GIS/Remote sensing and a new theoretical framework from Stewart (local climate zone classification) - involving both direct and indirect meteorological measurements within the urban canopy - a first for Dublin.

Secondly estimation of CO2 emissions from the Dublin City region and compiling a spatially detailed CO2 "emission inventory".

His academic interests include: Urban Climatology, Climatology, Recent Climate Change, Statistical Analysis, Physical Environments and Paleo-Environmental Changes.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: UCD Seed Funding - E7,000
Year: 2007.
Title: Research and Development, UCD interactive map, Humanities & Social Sciences - E3,000
Year: 2010.
Title: Fulbright Scholarship - EPA Environmental Science and Technology Award - E20,000


Association: International Association for Urban Climates (IAUC) , Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Meteorological Society (IMS), Function/Role: Role: Member, Contributor
Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member


Committee : Staff-Student Committee School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy


Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Geography, English



Alexander, P. et al.,; (2009) Meteorological Observations: Climate Measurement & Station Development 1st ed. Ireland: Lulu Interntional press centre. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Alexander, P.; Keogh, S.; (2010) 'Application of Local Climate Zone Classification for Urban Heat Island & CO2 Studies' Irish Meteorological Society Newsletter 4 (Autumn) . [Details]


Research Interests

Current Research:

Assessment of Dublin’s Urban Heat Island intensity using Remote sensing & land/climate classification.
Open source GIS for urban atmospheric evaluation.
Field application of land/climate classification for UHI study: A new approach.
Spatially detailed CO2 Emission inventory Dublin City.

Research Interests:
Urban Climatology
Statistical Analysis
Remote Sensing
Physical Environments
Environmental Change
Paleo-Environmental Climates
Paul's work is funded by the EPA Fulbright award