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Climate Research Seed Fund: Awards

Published: Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

UCD Earth Institute and UCD Research are delighted to announce the six successful projects funded through the Climate Research Seed Fund (2022) competition which ran earlier this year. The once-off fund is sponsored by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and invited the UCD research community to submit applications for projects which would enhance and mobilise research activity and networks in the area of climate. The central aim of the scheme is to fund projects and activities that will develop or scale research clusters seeking to address national and global climate challenges, linked to the ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’ theme of the UCD Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future. The funding represents a commitment to foster the development of excellent climate related research in UCD.

Professor Tasman Crowe, UCD Earth Institute Director, said “we are delighted to be working with UCD Research to support these six projects on such diverse and important topics. Explorative, innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches are key to addressing climate challenges and we look forward to working with the researchers on these projects”

The six successful projects address a range of climate-related topics

Associate Professor Miguel Bustamante (School of Mathematics and Statistics) ‘Mathematical Modelling of Climate: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)’

Dr Paul Kenny (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy) ‘UCD Open Solar Platform (working title): Solar radiation monitoring in support of climate-based research and development’

Dr Ruadhán Magee (School of Earth Sciences) ‘Comparing the CO2 sequestration potential of candidate materials for enhanced weathering’

Dr Tobi Morakinyo (School of Geography) ‘Towards understanding the climatic impacts of urbanization and climate change in West Africa’

Professor Niamh Moore Cherry (School of Geography) ‘Place-based opportunities for just transitions in Ireland’

Dr Budi Zhao (School of Civil Engineering) ‘Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) and District Heating and Cooling (DHC)’.

We look forward to working with the awardees over the coming months and will provide an update on progress in early 2023.