14 October 2013 -Irish Met
A new decision support system is being provided by Met Éireann to provide guidance in emergencies related to the dispersion of hazardous materials in the atmosphere. The system provides a tailored service to users in the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII, currently merging with the EPA) and the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM). The system enables staff to track and forecast the movement of materials in the atmosphere, including their interaction with the environment.
For DAFM the system is primarily aimed at predicting the movement of Foot & Mouth virus particles in the event of an outbreak of the disease. The system will be used by the EPA in the event of emergencies related to chemical spillages, large fires or distant volcanic eruptions that might compromise air quality over Ireland. Likewise, the RPII will use the system for guidance on the dispersion of radioactive materials released into the atmosphere.