Laura has joined ESIPP as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Conor Sweeney’s group in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Laura attained her BSc and PhD in Mathematical Sciences from UCD, and a Masters in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing from The University of Oxford. After her PhD, Laura worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, at Monash University.
Laura’s research interests span ocean and atmospheric science. She has worked on mathematical modelling of ocean waves, investigating tsunamis due to landslides, and the efficiency and endurance of wave energy converters. In addition, Laura has compiled a catalogue of extreme ocean waves in Ireland. Furthermore, she has investigated the lifecycle of large-scale atmospheric (Rossby) waves in the Southern Hemisphere and their role in weather over the Australian region. Identifying past extreme events in meteorological data, combined with statistical models, Laura identified common atmospheric wave patterns and diagnosed the dynamics of their generation, propagation and attenuation.
Laura’s current work within ESIPP is based on the use of numerical weather prediction models and statistical models to improve forecasts of electricity produced by wind and solar, and weather-driven electricity demand.