Recent projects

Pathways Project

The Pathways Project focused on developing the understanding of critical source areas in Irish catchment with particular focus on characterising and modelling contaminant pathways. Field studies were targeted at improving the understanding of contaminant transport along different hydrological pathways, including their associated impacts on water quality and river ecology. The contaminants of interest were phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment. The working Pathways conceptual model included overland flow, interflow, shallow groundwater flow, and deep groundwater flow. This research informed the development of a set of Catchment Management Support Tools (CMST) comprising a Base Map Exploration Tool (BMET), Catchment Characterisation Tool (CCT) and Catchment Modelling Tool (CMT).

Hydrofor (Project website)

The Hydrofor Project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector cooperative project to investigate the effects of coniferous forests and forestry operations on Ireland’s surface water quality and aquatic ecology.


Funded by the EPA, this project examines the use of Decision Support Systems for selecting measures for implementing the WatEr FRamework Directive in Ireland. It looks at individual decision support systems and their implementation as well as how stakeholders interact with them.

Phosphorus Modelling

Ms. Iqbal M. Salih

Funded by a TEAGASC Walsh Fellowship, this project integrates the HSPF hydrology model with the SWAT Phosphorus model within a GIS framework.

Assessment of Radar for flood warning in Ireland

Mr Fiachra O’Loughlin

Funded by UCD’s Ad Astra Scholarship scheme, theis project assess the potential contribution of radar to flood warning in Ireland.

Integrated GIS and Neuro-fuzzy analysis for use in River Basin District management.

Dr. Ahmed Nasr

Funded by an EPA, postdoctoral fellowship this project develops generic tools for fuzzy modelling of a variety of phenomena in river basin districts.

Modelling of Water Quality In Dublin Bay

Ms. Zeinab Bedri

Continuing a long line of hydrodynamic modelling research at CWRR, this project applies a 3-D model to examine water quality impacts in Dublin Bay.

Including public attitudes to flood risk in multi-criteria based planning of flood protection schemes in urban areas

Fasil A. Gebre

Keywords: Flood risk, flood risk management, public perception, hydrological uncertainty, intangibles, structural, non-structural, decision support system (DSS)

The effect of flexible vegetation on flow resistance in open channel flow

Aidan Harney

Keywords: open channel flow, flood risk, understanding influence of vegetative elements, development of more accurate open channel flow formula

Water sensitive urban design

Catriona Rordan

Keywords: sustainable development, best management practices, infiltration, stormwater runoff, water conservation, water re-use

Physically-based distributed modelling for water quality management, in relation to the European Water Framework Directive

Pierre Javelle

Keywords: water quality, agriculture, distributed modelling

Impact assessment of highway runoff on aquatic environment

Mesfin Berhanu Desta

Keywords: Highway Runoff, Impact Assessment, Aquatic Environment, Management Practices, Runoff Mitigation, Highway Contaminants.

From ‘waste’ into useful material: Identifying adsorption capacity of dewatered alum sludge for phosphorus removal

Keywords: Alum sludge; water treatment; adsorption; phosphorus removal; reuse

Development of an alum sludge based constructed wetland system for improving organic matter and nutrients removal in high strength wastewater

Keywords: Dewatered alum sludge; wastewater treatment; constructed wetland

Phosphorus recovery from saturated water treatment sludge used as a sorbent for phosphorus immobilization

Keywords: Water treatment sludge; phosphorus recovery; deadsorption