By now a calendar event, GSI's Annual Seabed Survey Seminar has been scheduled for November 21 at GSI offices in Beggars Bush. As usual it will be a full day seminar with a wide-ranging spread of topics. Starting at 10 am, Tea/Coffee will be served at 9.30. All will be welcome as normal and a time slot for discussion is included as a formal programme insert. No pre-booking is necessary.
* short presentation outlining research plans, not results
The seven-year €32 million survey of Ireland's seabed formally commenced its fourth year of data acquisition on 11 May, 2003. The Celtic Explorer, the main survey vessel over the next three years, mobilised from Galway, then Rossaveal. She began surveying at the boundary line between Irish and UK waters, contiguous to the Zone 3 area off to the north west of Co. Donegal. The Celtic Explorer is the Marine Institute's new research vessel which is now the state's main ocean research vessel. She was commissioned in Galway in April. She has been kitted out with the very latest surveying technologies, and a period of tests and corrections followed the commissioning in Galway Bay. She is due to complete five survey legs this season, each of one month duration. Between legs she will dock for 1-2 day intervals only, before setting off again. For a review of 2002 activities of the National Seabed Survey click here.
A function of GSI's role as manager of the National Seabed Survey is the dissimilation of knowledge pertaining to the Irish seabed to as mass an audience as possible. Thus where possible, on both an economical and practical basis, GSI will exhibit at Irish conferences to inform Irish people in particular about the survey and its rich array of benefits to the state. The 19th Annual Environmental Conference organised by the Sherkin Island Marine Station held at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, Co. Cork is an excellent forum at which to showcase the National Seabed Survey. This conference also neatly merged two GSI programme endeavours - offshore (Marine Section) with onshore (Groundwater Section) water interests. WE had a joint display and our colleagues from Groundwater Section gave a stirring talk on the potential perils of "onsite water waste from one-off houses." For further information on this conference please contact Matt Murphy at the Sherkin Island Marine Station on 028 20187.
Ray Keary was a respected and important employee of the Geological Survey of Ireland for over two decades. His influence there was vast and included such ancillary, but meaningful, matters as union affairs, but it is in his chosen field of Marine Science that his outstanding legacy is most evident. He launched and managed the GSI's Marine Section and virtually single-handedly extended the margins of geological research beyond the Irish shoreline.
For a lookback at Ray's extraordinary career click here. Ray Keary 1937-2003 RIP
FEMME is Kongsberg Simrad's forum for Multibeam echo sounder system users. The objective of the conference was to maximize the real-life performance of Kongsberg Simrad Multibeams; in the context of the National Seabed Survey this objective is of utmost interest to GSI. The format of the conference included talks and papers demonstrating international usage of the equipment and resulting datasets, together with updates on improvements from Kongsberg engineers. GSI representatives, Mick Geoghegan and Xavier Monteys gave a presentation during the time slot accorded to national agencies and drew much acclaim for the way in which we've managed the seabed survey, being further ahead in most aspects of data acquisition than most other delegations. However, attending the conference was still beneficial on several different fronts:
GSI attended a very interesting day-long meeting in the Knockranny House Hotel in Westport on Thursday 27th March. It was an event organised by the Clew Bay Marine Forum whose overall objective is "to arrive at sufficient local consensus in order to inform the creation of a sustainable and equitable development plan for the future of the Bay." Because of the LADS survey carried out in Clew Bay as part of the National Seabed Survey in June of last year, GSI was invited to present a paper at the meeting. This we did together with the setting up of a small display at which we showcased the results of the survey. The audience seemed impressed with GSI's contribution to the proceedings and much distillation of our presentation took place over the course of the evening.
GSI decided to sponsor the event since as the National Seabed Survey extends into shallower waters then its data may give rise to interest from international extractive industry operators.
New regulations are currently being prepared by UK government. To a large extent this is consolidating a framework into legislation which has been in operation since 1968. Holland is also looking at their guidelines in particular the <2m depth of sediment restriction. Overall the conference was a success, highlighting environmental concerns and the issue of competition for marine use along with meeting society's needs in a workable legislative framework.
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