Researcher funded to create a model to reduce risks of extreme weather events

  • Four UCC researchers awarded a combined €1.725 million funding in SFI-IRC Pathway programme awards.
  • Funding will support the development of a model to reduce the risk associated with weather events caused by climate change.
  • Project investigating a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also receives funding.

A University College Cork (UCC) researcher has received funding to develop a model aimed at assisting vulnerable urban dwellings and communities during extreme weather-related events caused by climate change.

Dr Camila Tavares Pereira, based in the Department of Geography and MaREI, the world leading SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, has received €434,258 in research funding for her project which will establish a transferable and community-based Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) model for dwellings in the Global South (GS), and transfer the GS knowledge to community-based measures in Ireland.

The TRIS (Transferability of Resilience in Informal Settlements) project will use diverse methodology such as fieldwork, interviews, workshops and remote sensing to reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate related extreme events, and enhance community led measures to upgrade dwellings in high-risk areas.

“This project will work with communities in the Global South, initially in Brazil, that are suffering from different climate-related hazards, such as flooding and landslides, address the components of climate risk such as threat, exposure, and vulnerability, and study the measures and actions taken by these communities to reduce the risk caused by climate change at a local and national level,” said Dr Camila Tavares Pereira.

“The aim is that our climate risk assessment model can be implanted in communities throughout Ireland. As we have seen in recent weeks in Cork and in other parts of the country, the impact of extreme climate change-related events such as flooding can be long lasting and life-changing for the communities they impact,” said Dr Camila Tavares Pereira.

The funding has come via the SFI-IRC Pathway programme, a collaborative initiative between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Research Council (IRC) to support early career research across all disciplines and to encourage interdisciplinary approaches. The awards will enable postdoctoral researchers to conduct independent research for a four–year period and will provide funding for a postgraduate student who will be primarily supervised by the awardee.

Congratulating the four recipients from University College Cork on their awards, Professor John F. Cryan, UCC Vice President for Research and Innovation said: “Congratulations to these early-career researchers in receiving SFI-IRC Pathway awards, in key areas which will address critical scientific, health, and social challenges and create a sustainable future for all. The awards will provide important support to these emerging researchers, enabling them to develop their track record and transition to become independent research leaders.”