Crumbling Coastal Cliffs

Coastal erosion has been in the news lately (for all the wrong reasons). Exposing toxic materials: A site located close to the coastal settlement of Bray, Co. Wicklow has asbestos, rusted metal, plastics and bricks are emerging from a disused landfill. Recent cliff erosion releases contents of 1980's landfill (Source: Irish Times 2017) 2. The... Continue Reading →

Forests for Floods

The Native Woodland Conference was the culmination of twenty years of outreach, policy, research, passion and, of course, planting. A capacity crowd filled the venue to listen to a truly trans-disciplinary vision of Ireland's native Woodlands. Dr Bourke attended and delivered a presentation on the potential to reduce local flood peaks by introducing Natural Water... Continue Reading →

Environ: Showcasing Irish environmental research

As the abstract deadline for Environ 2019 (@ESAI_Environ) is fast approaching, we thought we should post this blog by former Research Assistant Ciaran Nash ( @CiaranNash ) who describes his impression of the meeting in 2017. The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Environ 2017, was held at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), 10 – 12 April.... Continue Reading →

#EGU19: Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

Session HS5.1.2: | NBS for hydrological extremes and water resource management Tuesday April 9th (8.30-12.30) We are looking forward to hosting this session at #EGU19 Globally, we are facing massive challenges on how we manage our catchments, in both rural and urban areas, in the next decades. With a changing climate and increased pressure on... Continue Reading →

EGU, Vienna, Austria

As the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union for 2019 approaches. We thought we would post the experiences of an EPSP Alumni (Ciaran Nash) on his experience at the 2017 meeting. The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) was held in Vienna, Austria between 23rd and 28th April. I had the opportunity... Continue Reading →

National Biodiversity Conference

Such was the appetite, that the first National Biodiversity Conference to be held in Ireland was fully booked out months in advance. In a session chaired by Dr Collier (TCD), four experts were asked to consider How can we use nature-based solutions in river catchments? Particularly when we consider the need to Plan for the... Continue Reading →

Latest Paper: Dune grainflows on Earth and Mars

This paper was part of (the now) Dr. Carin Cornwall's Ph.D undertaken at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Cornwall, C., M. C. Bourke, D. W. T. Jackson and J. A. G. Cooper (2018). Aeolian slipface dynamics and grainflow morphologies on Earth and Mars. Icarus 314: 311-326. Highlight 1: Grainflow morphologies on Earth are similar to... Continue Reading →

BSG Windsor Workshop

Are you new to the PhD experience? Having attended the annual British Society of Geomorphology (BSG) Windsor Workshop as a new PhD myself, I might have a recommendation for you! The BSG post-graduate workshop aims to introduce new PhD students to the world of academia and inform them of what to expect over the course... Continue Reading →

International Women’s Day 2019

To be honest, the day in itself is both utterly depressing and full of wisdom. Depressing because of the annual reality hit of just how far we still have to go on gender equality issues globally. The usual media focus is on on a litany of abusive regimes, highlighting some recent abhorrent, violent events. The... Continue Reading →

Welcome & Congratulations

Welcome to two new members who have joined the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Group. Rob Halpin joined in September 2018 to undertake his PhD research investigating the potential for Natural Water Retention Measures in Ireland's upland blanket bog. Fiona Brady joined in March 2019 to undertake her PhD research investigating the potential for Natural... Continue Reading →

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