The first Five Year Assessment Report

Introduction

Research and innovation are essential to understanding and addressing climate change. Over recent decades Ireland has invested in climate change research and systematic observations. This has developed significant national capacity and contributed to the understanding of the challenges posed by climate change and opportunities that arise from the required responses to these. Similar investments have been made in Europe and globally. Ensuring the return from these investments, assessing progress and communicating their finding is also essential.

At a global level the IPCC has been at the forefront of providing authoritative assessments of our increasing understanding of climate change, and the required responses through mitigation of climate change (by reducing and eliminating GHG emissions) and by taking adaptation actions that reduce climate related vulnerabilities and risks.

These global reports are essential to informing policy development and actions by various actors and stakeholders. It is also recognised that local analysis and information is essential. This was recognised in the National Mitigation Plan under the 2015 Climate Act. It requested that the National Climate Research Coordination Group provide "an assessment and synthesis of key findings from the research programme and wider related research activities every five years". This report is expected to inform the NMP, NAF and subsequent processes such as the Climate Action Plan.

This page provides access to (1) the Call for Authors for the 5 Year Assessment Report (5YAR), and (2) a Fellowship Call to support the 5YAR writing process.

1. Call for Authors for the 5YAR

The EPA is now requesting proposals from leading academics to act as authors of the first Five Year Assessment Report. The objective is to deliver an assessment of our understanding of climate change based on scientific research and systematic observations in Ireland, linking EU and global analysis in a timely manner that can inform decision making on actions to address climate change.

The report will be provided in four volumes:

  1. Science: Ireland in a changing world.
  2. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
  3. Being prepared for Ireland’s future climate.
  4. Realising the benefits of transition and transformation.

The structure and approach adopted for the 5YAR as well as further details on the 5YAR are outlined in the Call documentation. Academics with a significant track record in climate change research are encouraged to apply for these positions. The provision of a writing support award for the report authors is envisaged and applications for this are included in the call documentation.

Answers to Queries - Call to Authors

Details on this Call are included in the call documents are below.

Call Documents

Appendix A - Application Form - 5YAR

Guide for Applicants

Appendix C - Declaration and Authorisation

Appendix D - Research Call Terms & Conditions

Technical Call Information

Appendix B - Excel Application for Funding Support - 5YA

Additional Information

Appendix E - Guide for Grantees

Appendix F - Appeals

The launch date of the Call for Authors is 16th September 2020.

If you require further information, please email Climate@epa.ie. Prospective Authors are encouraged to register their interest via Climate@epa.ie so that they will receive any updates that may occuring during this call.

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2. 5YAR Fellowship Call

In addition to the call for lead authors, the EPA is also establishing a 5YAR Fellowship award. This Fellowship award is designed to support the development, management and completion of the 5YAR and to contribute to the substance of the report as appropriate. It will include an assessment of the 5YAR production process, i.e., assessment of the approach taken, use of information from various sources, and communication of findings. It is expected that the Research Fellow will work closely with the EPA as a knowledge co-ordination specialist working with and across the four volumes.

Answers to Queries - Fellowship Call‌‌

Details on this Call are included in the call documents are below.

Call Documents

5YAR Research Fellowship - Technical Specification

5YAR Fellowship Application form

 5YAR Research Fellowship Guide for Applicants

5YAR-1_Fellowship_Budget_Template_Sept2020 (Excel)

Additional Information

5YAR Fellowship Guide for Grantees

The launch date of the Fellowship Call is 15th September 2020.

If you require further information, please email Climate@epa.ie. Prospective Fellowship Applicants are encouraged to register their interest via Climate@epa.ie so that they will receive any updates that may occuring during this call.