The Application of Geophysics to a Number of Threats to Irish Soils

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In its 2002 Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection" (COM 2002, 179), the Commission identified the main threats to which soils in the EU are confronted. More recently, the EU published a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (COM 2006, 231) as well as a proposal for a Soil Framework Directive (COM 2006, 232). The proposed directive, if implemented, will require states to identify a number of specific soil degradation processes that have occurred or are likely to occur in the near future. This project applies a number of recent geophysical developments, in addition to a range of traditional approaches, to a number of areas of Irish concern to Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the proposed Soil Framework Directive.

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Dr. Shane Donohue
Queen's University Belfast

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3049
Resource KeywordsSoil, Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, Proposed Soil Framework Directive, Geophysics, Compaction, Wastewater Contamination, Water Framework Directive, Peat
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2008-FS-S-5-S5
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeLand-use, Soils, and Transport
Resource Availability: Non Owner-Users Cannot Download Files from This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 0
Project Start Date Tuesday 30th September 2008 (30-09-2008)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 30th September 2008 (30-09-2008)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st April 2012 (01-04-2012)
Published on SAFERWednesday 26th February 2014 (26-02-2014)
Date of Last EditMonday 26th May 2014 at 12:58:04 (26-05-2014)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 26th May 2014 at 12:58:04 (26-05-2014)

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The sites used to develop in this study are located in the midlands and the East of the Republic of Ireland. More specifically, for the soil compaction study two sites were tested. An initial feasibility study was carried out at the University College Dublin (UCD) Lyons Estate, Newcastle, Co. Dublin and a second study was located at the Teagasc, Oakpark, Crops Research Centre, Co. Carlow. The sites used for the wastewater contamination assessments are located within the Milltown Lake Catchment. This catchment acts a source of water for the Churchill and Oram Group Water Scheme near Castleblayney in Co. Monaghan. For the assessment of raised bog failures, Carn Park Bog in Co. Westmeath and Aghnamona Bog in Co. Leitrim were tested.

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In its 2002 Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection" (COM 2002, 179), the Commission identified the main threats to which soils in the EU are confronted. More recently, the EU published a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (COM 2006, 231) as well as a proposal for a Soil Framework Directive (COM 2006, 232). The proposed directive, when if implemented, will require states to identify a number of specific soil degradation processes that have occurred or are likely to occur in the near future. This project applies a number of recent geophysical developments, in addition to a range of traditional approaches, to a number of areas of Irish concern to Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the proposed Soil Framework Directive.
Supplementary Information
Abstracts to the following project outputs have been uploaded as resources:

Donohue, S., Forristal, D. and Donohue, L.A. (2013). Detection of soil compaction using seismic surface waves. Soil & Tillage Research, 128, 54-60.

Long, M. Trafford, A. and Donohue, S. Investigation of failures in Irish Raised Bogs. Landslides, DOI: 10.1007/s10346-013-0440-2.

Donohue, S., Flynn, R., McCarthy, V., Orr, A., Rafferty, P. and Galvin, K. (2010). Geophysical assessment of contamination from a wastewater treatment system in the Milltown lake catchment, Ireland. EAGE Near Surface 2010, 16th Annual Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Zurich, September.
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