B.Sc. Geography, Queen's University Belfast (2009)
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
+44 (0)28 9097 3372
Future climate change: the nature and scale of impact upon masonry in Northern Ireland
The built environment will respond to climate change, especially as evidence has shown that the ‘greening’ of masonry reflects recent atmospheric changes in moisture and pollution. The current study investigates how changing future meteorological conditions impact upon the underlying controls of sandstone decay.
To evaluate the nature and scale of future damage knowledge of the current interplay of water, materials and surroundings is required. Environmental monitoring of both meteorological and sandstone conditions (temperature and moisture) fulfils this need, and will provide an understanding into how the scale interaction of seasonal, diurnal, and short-term cycles influences stress gradients within sandstone test walls.
An assessment of future decay regimes involves the production of site-specific future climate scenarios for parameters critical to sandstone masonry (temperature, precipitation, potential evapotranspiration, relative humidity, wind velocity, and solar radiation). These scenarios will be supplemented with the recent UKCP09 outputs and will consider changing diurnal and seasonal cycles for three future time-slices (2020s, 2050s, and 2080s).
The outcome of this investigation will be the production of a conceptual model to show how projected changes in future meteorological parameters will impact upon the nature and scale of sandstone decay.
British Society for Geomorphology
Royal Meteorological Society