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The TV programme has filmed the redeployment of the M5 weather buoy, which broke free during Storm Ophelia. The show will also feature an interview with the Marine Institute's Dr Guy Westbrook.
A weather buoy has been transported to the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, where Weather Live broadcasts live, so those tuning in can see what one looks like.
The Irish Weather Buoy Network delivers data every hour that is then fed into a global information network which includes Met Éireann, the Irish Meterological Service. This data is then used to inform forecasts as well as long-term information gathering.
Located off the South East coast, the M5 weather buoy captured two records during Ophelia: a record individual wave (Hmax) of 17.81m and a record significant wave height (Hs) of 12.97m.
During the storm, the raging seas caused the M5 mooring to break and the buoy needed to be recovered to shore when the seas had calmed.
Due to the relative importance to forecasters of the M5 weather observing location, it was decided to deploy the M4 target system that had been on test in Killybegs at M5.
This buoy was disassembled and transported by road to Cobh dockyard where it was loaded onto the ILV Granuaile and prepared for subsequent deployment.
Marine Institute staff embarked the vessel on 1 November and deployment of the buoy took place the next day in exceptionally calm conditions.
Weather Live is a three-day television event on RTÉ One that focuses on the fascinating world of weather. It’s presented by Kathryn Thomas and features meteorologists including Evelyn Cusack, Gerald Fleming and Gerry Murphy, and coincides with events for Science Week 2017, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
The third and final broadcast of the series goes out live this evening Friday 17 November at 7pm on RTE One.
The institute will host an interactive stand at the Mayo Science & Technology Open Day on the GMIT campus in Castlebar on Sunday 19 November. Among the exhibits will be two small aquariums where sea creatures can be observed.
The Galway Science & Technology Festival, which is celebrating 20 years of showcasing Galway as a city of science, technology, engineering, art and maths, takes place later in the month on Sunday 26 November.
The Marine Institute will be showcasing its work at the event in NUI Galway and encouraging everyone to learn more about marine science.
As part of Science Week, RTÉ is airing a three-day live television event all about the weather.
Amongst the topics covered, Weather Live on RTÉ One at 7pm next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will feature the recent Hurricane Ophelia.
The Marine Institute has been working with the programme makers on this item, as it includes the record wave detected by the M5 weather buoy during the storm nearly a month ago.
Elsewhere, Galway Atlantaquaria is hosting a new exhibit ‘Our Ocean, Our Health – Observe, Enjoy and Explore the Digital Ocean’ that features a live feed from the SmartBay Subsea Observatory in Spiddal, Co Galway.
The ocean observatory is supported by the Marine Institute and gives viewers a unique insight into what is happening in real time beneath the sea.
Science Week 2017 is set to be the biggest yet and is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s work in promoting the potential that science and discovery offer Ireland, today and in tomorrow’s world.