NUIG first opened its doors to 68 students on 30th October 1849 and the University, then known as Queen's College was born. The University was one of three Queen's Colleges, the others located in Cork and Belfast. NUI Galway is a research-led university in the West of Ireland and is ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide (The Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings & QS World Ranking 2017). In 2016, University income exceeded €220 million of which over €55 million was from competitive external research funding. NUI Galway is involved in over 90 Horizon 2020 projects and has received over €45 million in direct funding from the programme.
The AirSea Lab at NUIG conducts upper-ocean and lower-atmosphere research to study the processes governing the air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases, momentum, heat, and freshwater. Air-sea exchange is constantly occurring, governing both weather and climate. Understanding of the processes involved is essential to improve prediction and climate modeling capabilities and accurate measurements at the air-sea interface are fundamental to this.
Role in project
NUIG will contribute to the science workpackages on air-sea fluxes (WP1). The NUIG contribution will be to deploy and analyse upper ocean turbulence and its impact on air-sea heat and CO2 fluxes.