Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Mr.

Contact First Name: liam

Contact Surname: mccarton

Contact Address:

School of Civil and Structural Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street Dublin 1

Telephone Contact Number: 00353877722225

Fax Contact Number: 014023999

Email Address: liam.mccarton@dit.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Dublin Institute of Technology

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.dit.ie/dtc

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
One of the key achievements within the School of Civil & Structural Engineering, DIT has been the formation the Development Technology in the Community (DTC) Research Group. The Research Group works with International & National NGO’S, Local Government, Private Business, Community Groups, Educational Institutions and International Resource Centres to promote sustainable technologies and to empower communities to select appropriate solutions suitable to their cultural and individual needs. The research group is headed by Liam McCarton together with Dr Sean O’Hogain and Anna Reid, MPhil. The group website is www.dit.ie/dtc where more detailed information is available. The main focus of the group is to build on the existing research programs and outputs to develop technology transfer programs in both developed and developing countries. DTC-DIT has already established a proven track record in delivery of high quality research outputs, successfully participating in research projects worth approx. €1,987,000 since 2005. This has included research and advisory projects in Ireland, Europe, Asia, South America and West Africa. DTC are currently working with overseas partners on innovative technology transfer programs in developing countries. Within the research group Liam has been actively involved in research in the areas of water management, waste water management, resilient and sustainable water supplies and resilient technology applications in water self sufficiency, both in Ireland and internationally. In Ireland this has focused on rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems which were constructed, installed, and monitored by the applicant. These installations were in Carlow (a domestic RWH installation), Meath (an agricultural RWH installation) and Mayo (a RWH installation in a school). This work lead to a national report, commissioned by the Department of Environment, under the auspices of the National rural water monitoring committee. Waste management research in Ireland has been with Fingal and South Dublin County Councils in waste water treatment sites in Colecott and Lynche’s Lane respectively. These installations were designed were constructed, installed, and monitored by the applicant and served as testing areas for new low technologies such as willow bed wastewater polishing systems, investigations into zero discharge waste treatment systems and also sludge treatment using a hybrid reed bed system. In Ireland research has also been conducted into water self sufficiency in both the Urban and rural environment, with presentations by DTC to the Oireachtas Committee on the environment and to Udaras na Gaeltachta on a zero waste approach to water and on the possibility of introducing low technology water self-sufficiency applications to the gaeltacht region. Internationally liam has been involved with water and waste water projects in: Sierra Leone 2009-2012. This was a water sanitation project in rural Sierra Leone run through the NGO Christian Aid and a local NGO RADA. The project was funded by the EU. The project involved building a team of local promoters to promote wat-san in the villages of eastern SL, near the border with Liberia. The role of the applicant was to produce course material, introduce low technology water and waste water applications, teach the construction, installation and commissioning of these technologies This involved setting up an environmental centre where these courses were taught and where villagers could come and see how they operated. Water quality monitoring was also taught and a programme of monitoring of local wells was instituted. Bolivia 2011. A workshop on technology transfer was conducted with EMAS, one of the top NGO’s in the field of low technology water and waste water applications. This involved construction of pumps, tanks, rainwater harvesting systems and constructed wetlands. Installation work on wells was also carried out in villages on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Liberia 2014 – Present Through the NGO Marys Meals, the applicant (and DTC) have been involved in a water-sanitation project in Marys Meals warehouse and a school for the Deaf, in Tubmanburg Liberia. The project is ongoing (naturally interrupted by the Ebola outbreak but Marys Meals staff are now back on the ground) and involves courses in low technology for the hearing impaired, with a view to giving them the skills to earn a living installing and maintaining these technologies. It also involves the construction, installation and monitoring of reed beds.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
nature-based technologies reed and willow bed wastewater treatment systems artificial wetlands, sustainable urban drainage systems, Water sensitive urban drainage Zero wastewater systems combined sewer overflow treatment systems, green infrastructures rainwater harvesting climate resilient infrastructure climate change mitigation, risk disaster reduction, flood protection, greening cities, degraded areas restoration biodiversity preservation. international development technology transfer

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

We have been actively involved in research in the areas of water management, waste water management, resilient and sustainable water supplies and low technology applications in water self sufficiency, both in Ireland and internationally. In Ireland this has focused on rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems which commissioned by the Department of Environment, under the auspices of the National rural water monitoring committee. Waste management research in Ireland has been with Fingal and South Dublin County Councils in waste water treatment sites in Colecott and Lynche’s Lane respectively. In Ireland research has also been conducted into water self sufficiency in both the Urban and rural environment, with presentations by DTC to the Oireachtas Committee on the environment and to Udaras na Gaeltachta on a zero waste approach to water and on the possibility of introducing low technology water self-sufficiency applications to the gaeltacht region. DTC-DIT is a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland Wastewater Committee.


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Promoting competitiveness in the water industry

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

DTC-DIT is a member of an Action Group (European Innovation Partnership on Water). Their success is related to good performance, low maintenance and operation costs, low or lack of energy requirements, resulting in improved environmental and public health. The NatureWat Action Group aims to identify and overcome bottlenecks and barriers (e.g. market opportunities, policy implementation, financial issues and technical aspects) related to nature-based technologies for water resources management in rural, peri-urban and urban areas of European and non-European countries. The final goal is to define innovative marketable technologies addressing water challenges related to ecosystem services.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Sierra Leone 2009-2012. This was a water sanitation project in rural Sierra Leone run through the NGO Christian Aid and a local NGO RADA. The project was funded by the EU Funded project for Non State Actors in Water and Sanitation in Sierra Leone 2009 – 2012, the project involved building a team of local promoters to promote wat-san in the villages of eastern SL, near the border with Liberia.

Other areas of expertise:

Cultural Heritage


→  Creating knowledge

  Linking information

  Change

  Methods and Measurements

  Integrating Risks


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

 Providing for a better understanding on how communities perceive and respond to climate change and seismic and volcanic hazards

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Smart cities and communities

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

DTC-DIT is a member of an Action Group (European Innovation Partnership on Water). The NatureWat Action Group aims to identify and overcome bottlenecks and barriers (e.g. market opportunities, policy implementation, financial issues and technical aspects) related to nature-based technologies for water resources management in rural, peri-urban and urban areas of European and non-European countries. The final goal is to define innovative marketable technologies addressing water challenges related to ecosystem services.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Sierra Leone 2009-2012. This was a water sanitation project in rural Sierra Leone run through the NGO Christian Aid and a local NGO RADA. The project was funded by the EU Funded project for Non State Actors in Water and Sanitation in Sierra Leone 2009 – 2012, the project involved building a team of local promoters to promote wat-san in the villages of eastern SL, near the border with Liberia. Techspar Technology Transfer Project (EU Alfa Programme) 2005 - 2008 A technology transfer project involving DTC-DIT, University Polytechnica Barcelona, University of Padua, Italy, University San Louis Potosi, Mexico, University of Medellin, Colombia, University of Conception, Chile. This involved the construction of a website for sustainable water / wastewater treatment, production of a manual, a series of courses in spanish in Latin America and the exchange fo students for post graduate research.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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