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eSurge Cork 2014 - Information for Participants

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The course is provided free to participants, as is travel from Cork city centre to the National Maritime College of Ireland and back.

Travel to/from, and accomodation/food costs in Cork are the responsibility of participants.

Lunches will cost you 10 Euro a day, and the staff at the NMCI are pulling together a wide range of food to fuel your learning. Lunch vouchers will be available to purchase when you register for the course.

There is no further funding available to support additional participants.

Course outline

The draft programme can be found on the Course Details page.

Upon your arrival & Socials

For those arriving in on Wednesday afternoon, there is no need to stay in your hotel by yourself!

We will be hosting a small welcome social with bowling and food upstairs in the ”Mardyke entertainment Complex”, starting at 20:00 hrs on Wednesday 19th.

For directions, see this Google Map for eSurge 2014 participants.

Our local organiser Rory shall be there to greet you.

If you get lost finding the Mardyke, he is available by phone on +353 86 310 7152.

On Thursday night, we will be hosted by Cork's Blackrock Castle Observatory, for an evening of music, food and chat.

photo Rory Coomey Photography

Background materials for participants

The level of knowledge gained by participants depends on their having a sound foundational level of knowledge in Storm Surges, what they are, basic concepts of modelling, and basic concepts in forecasting.

A good place to find this knowledge is in the WMO's Guide to Storm Surge and Forecasting available here. This comprehensive guide to the fundamentals and current status of storm surge forecasting globally is also forming the founding blocks of eSurge's online training facility, upon which our teaching in applying EO data will be built.


Due to popular demand, we will have a poster stand set up for attendees to promote their work.

The poster stand will be set up in the main Foyer of the NMCI, so not only will your work be promoted amongst your colleagues for the course, but potentially have an audience of students and practitioners and future leaders in the maritime industry.

If you wish to bring a poster, please inform Rory so he can set aside a space on the boards for you.

Practial Details

A Google Map containing all the important locations for participants of the course can be found here.

1) Cork, Ireland

Cork City and region are located in the South-West of Ireland. With a population of approximately 120,000, it is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the third most populous on the island of Ireland.

The city is centred between two channels of the River Lee, where the river enters one of the world's largest natural harbours (Cork Harbour). Folks from Cork often call themselves citizens of "the real capital", and the city is renowned for its culinary flair and vibrant cultural scene.

The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cites for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’. And we look forward to welcoming you to our city.

2) Visas

Depending on where you originate in the world, you may or may not require a Visa to enter Ireland, or transit through the airports of another country (e.g. airports in the UK, or in Shengan countries. It is the responsibility of participants to organise their own visas, and inform the course organisers regarding any documents or letters they need to acquire a visa.
Information on visas for the Republic of Ireland can be found here.

2) Hotels

The principal hotel for participants will be the Maldron Hotel in Cork City.

This hotel has liaised with us before on EO training courses and provides the perfect place for participants to relax and get some downtime and R&R over the course of the busy training schedule.

The collection point for buses to take participants to and from the training venue is outside this hotel. Buses shall depart on both days at 08:00hrs Sharp.

If you are not staying at the Maldron Hotel, please inform our local organiser as to where you are staying so he can advise you of any logistical practicalities you may have to consider.

3) Getting to the National Maritime College of Ireland.

The event will be held at the National Maritime College of Ireland on the outskirts of Cork. More details on the College as well as maps showing its location are available from the link below:

For those staying in Cork City, we shall be organising a free shuttle bus to take participants from the city centre to the training centre.

The shuttle bus will depart from outside the Maldron Hotel at 08:00 hrs Sharp on both days of the course. A local organiser will be present to greet you by the bus on both mornings, wearing an ESA t-shirt.

Participants who miss the bus shall need to make their own way to the training venue, bearing in mind that a taxi can cost upwards of 35 to 40 Euro.

4) Getting to Cork, Ireland.

In all likelihood, participants from outside Ireland will be flying to the conference from abroad. In all probability you will be flying into Cork or Dublin. Whichever way you arrive, there are a number of possibilities for getting to Cork. The city’s airport is well connected through the Aer Lingus and Ryanair networks to major European hubs such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels. See, or for further information, or those of their partner airlines.

Upon flying into Cork airport ( ),  regular bus services connect the airport to the city centre (30 minutes travel time approx.). There are also ample taxis outside the front doors of the arrivals hall.
For arrivals into Dublin airport (, the cheapest option is to travel by bus to Cork.  There are blue Aircoach ( or Bus Éireann ( services that will take you to Dublin city centre and then onward to Cork. It will cost approx. €15-€20 one way during off-peak times.  The journey will take approximately 4 and half hours.

Alternatively, you can take the train from Heuston Station in Dublin’s city centre.   There is a direct bus to Heuston from Dublin Airport as well as regular city bus services.  Train tickets will cost between €10 and €66 one way, depending on booking method and whether you travel off peak or not.  It may be considerably cheaper to book online rather than at the ticket office in the train station.  The journey will take approx. 2.5 hours.  Details are available at It is strongly advised that you book early and online to get the cheapest tickets.

When flying out from Ireland, departing participants of the eSurge 2014 training course are strongly advised to leave ample time for passing through security if leaving via either Cork or Dublin as they can be quite busy at times. Refer to your airline’s advice on check-in times.

An alternative route to Cork from abroad is by ferry to Dublin or Rosslare. Ro-ro ferries from the UK to Dublin, and Rosslare (about a three hour drive from Cork city) from UK ports are run by  Irish ferries (, P&O ferries (, and Stena Line ( For further information please consult the company websites.

Unlike the Storm Surge Networking forum in Venice, this eSurge event has not been timed to coincide with high water. However, Cork is often affected by Storm Surges so wellies may yet be needed (we sincerely hope not!!!).

Check the weather forecast on Met Éireann's website. for those joining us from the tropics, take note that typical temperatures are between 2 and 8 degrees celsius, with wind!

More information will be published on this page once available, and will be sent directly to those who have registered.

If you have any queries, or need any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact the eSurge team at

The local organisers based in the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), and working with our partners in IMERC and the NMCI look forward to extending a warm Céad Míle Fáilte (Welcome) to you all in Cork.