Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Karl

Contact Surname: Richards

Contact Address:

Environment Soils and Land-Use Dept. Teagasc Johnstown Castle Wexford Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 539171261

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: karl.richards@teagasc.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Research Institute

Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Teagasc - The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.teagasc.ie/

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr Karl Richards interests are on contaminant fate and transport to water and air. His focus previously has been on nitrate leaching to groundwater in grazed grassland/tillage systems and mitigation options to reduce losses. His research interests can be divided into: 1. Groundwater Contaminant Fate and Transport. In this area he leads a project investigating the fate and transport of nitrate through the quantification of subsoil and groundwater denitrification in a monitoring network across a range of hydrogeological and land-use settings. He is also a partner in a project investigating the occurrence of agriculturally derived pesticides in Irish groundwaters. 2. Measures to Improve N Efficiency and Reduce N loss to the Environment. Improving the efficient use of nutrients in agricultural systems reduces environmental emissions. He is involved in 3 projects in this area which are evaluating a. the benefit of nitrification and urease inhibitors on reducing emissions from slurry and urine application to soil; b. the role of various cover crops on N and C loss to groundwater; and c. the manipulation of animal diets to reduce N excretion and the associate effect on N leaching and N2O emissions.. 3. Environmental Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Understanding the role of environmental microbiology in a. influencing pathogen transport and occurrence in groundwater and b. to understand microbiologically mediated contaminant remediation such as denitrification.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
water quality, agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen, nitrogen cycling, nitrate leaching, nitrous oxide emissions, denitrification

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

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Member of the on WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Irish representative on the Global Research Alliance cross-cutting group


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.

No information specified

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

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

member of WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices of the new Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Published widely on the link between agriculture and water quality, measures to improve water quality, hydrogeology and hydrology.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

FP7 ENDO -SLUDGE Marketable sludge derivatives from sustainable processing of wastewater in a highly integrated treatment plant. Participated in a task looking at the microbial safety of waste water sludges applied to soils. FP7 AQUAVALENS: Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation. Participating in the microbial occurrence in small drinking water supplies.

Other areas of expertise:


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

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

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

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

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

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

member of WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices of the new Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Participated in a number of COST actions including Mitigation measures for the Control of Diffuse Pollution

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


LIFE and COST Actions





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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


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

COST 869


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PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Wexford
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