Ryan Institute Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)

The mission of the Ryan Institute Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) is to promote durable and sustainable multi- and inter-disciplinary research with the aim of delivering the most informed quantification and predictive assessments of climate change and the impacts of air pollution. The Ryan Institute C-CAPS consolidates research interests in the areas of climate change and air pollution, enabling physical, chemical, and biological sciences, socio-economic impacts, and policy development. C-CAPS aims to promote durable and sustainable multi- and inter-disciplinary research with the aim of delivering the most informed quantification and predictive assessments of climate change and the impacts of air pollution. The Ryan Institute C-CAPS conducts research on a wider range of topics, including: Climate Change, Regional Climate Modelling and Predictions, Air Quality-Climate Interactions, Climate-Ecosystem interactions, Atmospheric Composition, Measurements and Modelling of Aerosol Formation and Transformation, Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, Reactive and Trace Gas Cycling, Combustion Chemistry, Anthropogenic Fuel Emissions, Air Quality, Measurements of Urban and Regional Air Quality, Air Quality Modelling, Quantification of Long-Range and Hemispheric Transport of Pollutants, Indoor Air Quality and Occupational Hygiene, Atmosphere-Ocean Exchange, Biogeochemical Cycling, Air-Sea Fluxes of Greenhouse and Reactive Gases, Air-Sea Fluxes of Aerosols, Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Modelling, Modelling of Tidal Surges and Flooding, Climate-Ecosystem Interactions, Impacts of Marine Algae on Climate, and Impacts of Pollution and Environmental Change on Ecosystems.

The Ryan Institute C-CAPS hosts the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Supersite, which consists of the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) station, European Monitoring & Evaluation Project (EMEP) station, EU Research Project Station (PARFORCE, MAP, EUCAARI, ACCENT), and EU Integrating Infrastructure Initiative Station (EUSAAR, GEOMON, IMECC). C-CAPS facilities include state-of-the-art aerosol and gas instruments, cloud and wave radar instrumentation, aerosol and meteorological profilers, micrometeorological flux measurements, and a marine meteorology and chemistry buoy facility deployed by the Marine Institute. C-CAPS also hosts the Atmosphere-Ocean Modelling & Informatics Facility, which comprises a range of atmospheric and oceanic models, including regional climate models with atmospheric composition, coupled ocean models, stand-alone process models, and GIS informatics systems. These models are used to provide quantitative predications underpinning policy development. Finally, C-CAPS also hosts a Chemical Combustion Facility for fundamental research into the combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels and the application of combustion research to the design of energy-efficient engine and gas turbine systems and the impact of their use on toxic and greenhouse gas emissions.