Irish Storm Surge Forecasting Service

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Irish Storm Surge Forecasting Service

Office of Public Works

RPS was commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to undertake a real-time storm-surge forecasting service for the Republic of Ireland.

RPS utilises our previously developed MIKE 21 storm surge model to generate storm surge forecasts from October to April for various locations around the Irish coast. RPS have automated the process whereby Met data pertaining to wind and atmospheric pressure is downloaded daily from the Met Eireann FTP site and used to inform the storm surge forecasting model. The model is run daily from October to April and once post processing is completed the forecast data is uploaded to a designated secure website which is only accessed by OPW and other restricted organisations. The OPW then make a decision based on the predicted tidal levels on whether to issue a flood warning.