Valentia Observatory Recognised For 100 Years Of Meteorological Service

Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, has been awarded a certificate of accreditation as a Centennial Station in acknowledgement of over 100 years of high quality continuous meteorological observations.

The award, given by the World Meteorological Organization, will be marked by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins who will visit the Observatory on Saturday, 17th February 2018.

Welcoming the award, Eoin Moran, Director of Met Éireann said: "Valentia Meteorological and Geophysical Observatory is a strategic part of the national Meteorological infrastructure – which has been 'taking the pulse of the planet' every day for more than 150 years as part of a global effort to forecast the weather and monitor our climate. Met Éireann is delighted that the World Meteorological Organisation has recognised Valentia for its irreplaceable long-term record of weather observations. The work carried out at Valentia represents a highly significant national contribution to the science of meteorology and our capacity to forecast the weather and assess changes in the state of the Earth's climate.

"The scientific value of Valentia's weather observations to forecasting and our understanding of climate change will continue to serve future generations as we face the challenge of managing the risks of extreme weather and climate change."

Apart from regular meteorological observations, Valentia Observatory also carries out several geophysical and environmental monitoring programmes from measuring the ozone concentration high up in the atmosphere to seismic waves under the Earth's surface.

Valentia's geomagnetic recordings date back to 1888 and it is one of the oldest in the world. It has produced Ireland's longest record for atmospheric Sulphur pollution. Recently, to complement the existing air pollution monitoring programme, state of the art instruments have been deployed in the new Valentia Island site to measure greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles.


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