Current projects

Sources, Pathways and Environmental Fate of Freshwater Microplastics [ 2017 –  2019 ] – Project Website

Given the increasing concern regarding knowledge gaps concerning microplastic (MP) pollution there is a need for a systematic approach to understand the movement of MPs from sources to aquatic receptors and dispersal within freshwater ecosystems. Identifying and modelling the pathways of MPs from source to sea will be investigated and given that river systems represent potentially important transport conduits for MPs, an understanding of the important parameters that influence their mobilisation and deposition will be developed.

Acclimatize [ 2017 – 2021 ] – Project Website

The Acclimatize project will focus on bathing waters in Dublin Bay and Cemaes Bay in Anglesey and develop models that integrate urban and rural catchments with these coastal waters to better assess the effects on water quality from climate change and the altered weather patterns and sea level changes that are predicted. The project has been backed by the EU’s Ireland-Wales cooperation programme and will use and develop a range of technologies, including smart real‐time predictive tools to monitor water quality to protect human health and the marine environment. The Acclimatize project will help to improve the quality of sea shores in both countries, helping to boost tourism and supporting marine activities, including shellfish harvesting.

ESManage [ 2015 – 2018 ] – Project Website

ESManage is an Environmental Protection Agency funded project which aims to harness the knowledge and tools required to embed the ecosystem services approach into policy and decision-making for sustainable management of freshwater resources, as required by the Water Framework Directive.

DiffuseTools: Catchment Models and Management Tools for diffuse Contaminants (Sediment, Phosphorus and Pesticides) – Project Website

The DiffuseTools Project (2016-W-MS-24) will develop catchment models and management tools to improve understanding of the transport and attenuation of diffuse contaminants in Irish landscapes. Feedback from stakeholders on the management challenges that are that are most pertinent in Irish catchments will direct this research. This project aims to inform catchment managers about potential sources of pollution within a catchment, including identifying critical source areas relating to sediment, phosphorus, and pesticides.

Siltflux – Project Website

Fine sediment delivery to rivers is increasingly recognised internationally as a substantial water quality and hydro-ecological problem. The SILTFLUX project aims to improve knowledge of fine sediment delivery as a pollution pressure in Irish rivers. The project studies sediment flux dynamics with respect to key flow events and their actual and potential ecological impacts in different Irish river systems that are subject to variable land-use pressures.