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Ash cloud study gets €2m grant

A NEW Irish research group will investigate ash clouds and improve ash dispersion.

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock (right) has announced €2.1m in funding from the European Space Agency for the project.

The detection and forecasting is led by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research and involves NUI Galway and the Irish Aviation Authority Irish Aviation Authority's Volcanic Ash Detection and Forecasting Initiative.

The project, which uses satellites and forecast models to detect ash clouds and forecast their movements, came about following the 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption, which resulted in more than 100,000 flights being cancelled.