300w-environmentalEnvironmental and climate sciences and technology is an interdisciplinary study which examines the interaction between humans and the environment, with specific reference to the effects of modern technological advances. Today, the necessity to understand our environment has never been more urgent and the need for environmental scientists to deal with increasingly complex issues is growing. The primary challenges of environmental and climate sciences are to tackle challenges in the areas of climate change, water and sustainability.

Physical and life scientists, engineers, educators, and social scientists, work collaboratively to understand environmental systems and to develop new technologies, tools and services that address global environmental issues. Emphasis is being placed on prediction tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation of and adaptation to environmental pressures and risks.

The development of renewable energy is central to overall energy policy in Ireland as it reduces dependence on fossil fuels, improves security of supply and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Ireland has considerable third-level expertise in areas including: sea current turbine design; wave tank model testing; and wave energy modelling. Offshore wind, platforms, modelling, and ecosystems are other key areas of research.

Through a programme of focused investment, Irish Institutions produce globally recognised research that advances knowledge on the interactions between the climate, the biosphere, ecosystems and human activities. Scientific advances by Irish Research centres are leading the way in developing societal ability to manage the environment and its resources in a more sustainable way.