Annual Irish National Seabed Survey Seminars

Annual Seminar 2005 Press Release

Information note on 2005 Seminar
Poster Reception

2005 Programme
Directions and accommodation
Previous seminars


2005 Seminar

The National University of Ireland, Cork will this year host GSI's Annual Seminar of the Irish National Seabed Survey (INSS) on 18th November. The venue will be the Devere Hall on the first floor of the Student Centre behind the Honan Chapel on Donovan's Rd (eastern side of campus). The annual seminar is now arguably the foremost information and discussion forum for the Irish marine science community. Indeed its sphere of importance is now extending overseas, with a sizeable number of international visitors emerging each year. The 2004 seminar, held in Galway, attracted more than 120 interested parties.

The shift in focus from data acquisition to data usage and value added projects, adopted by last year's seminar will be maintained this year. Hence most presentations will outline research projects and industry applications arising out of INSS data. Data acquisition in 2005 will be presented also. As usual, the seminar will incorporate an exhibition involving poster displays, video, maps, products and seabed samples. Also, as with other years, a CD-rom of the seminar will be available for distribution shortly after the seminar. Previous year's seminar reviews are available here.

An additional important element this year will be the provision of a booklet detailing short overviews and illustrations of the various presentations. This will be available on the day for all delegates.


Poster Reception

This year a poster and welcome reception will be hosted by the Marine Institute in the Staff Restaurant at the university on the previous evening, Thursday 17th from 7-9pm. A broad range of posters will be on display, detailing many of the activities and associated projects of the INSS, together with other Irish marine activity. If you wish to submit a poster, please send brief details of its content and expected size to Andrew Wheeler []. There will a standard fee for posters stands if required.


Seminar 2005 Programme

Tea and coffee will be served from 9.00

Alan Dobson – UCC


Peadar McArdle - GSI
Eibhlin Doyle - GSI
"The ABC* of the INSS"
*Achievements, Benefits and Contributions
Xavier Monteys - GSI
"Mulroy Bay airborne survey 2005"
Michael Gillooly - Marine Institute
"Proposed INSS Phase II - INFOMAR - Ireland's Inshore Mapping Strategy"
Padraic Mac Aodha - IMAR Survey Ltd
"Preliminary site investigations for Windfarm Installation in Dundalk Bay"
Peter Readman - DIAS
"Deep Seismic Research in the Irish Atlantic"
Questions, then Coffee 11.20
Ross Chapman - C-MARS
"Investigations of gas hydrates at sea floor hydrocarbon seeps"
Klaus Leurer - NUIG
"Seabed sediment properties from single-channel seismic profiling data"
Margaret Wilson - NUIG
"Using INSS and ROV-based multibeam data for deep-sea Habitat Mapping"
Questions, then Lunch (thanks to CMRC, GSI and MI) 12.40
Gerry Sutton - Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, UCC
"The Irish Sea Marine Aggregates Initiative - IMAGIN. Project Overview and Review of 2005 Resource Surveys"
Fiona Fitzpatrick - Marine Institute
"MESH - Mapping of European Seabed Habitats - Updates of consortium activities"
Andy Wheeler - UCC
"Multibeam acquisition in the Irish Sea: applications for sedimentary dynamics and habitats research (HabMap/INSS partnership)"
David Hardy - GSI/Trinity
Integration & Correlation of Donegal Bay (2002). Data with onshore Glacial deposits.
Questions, then Coffee 15.20
Dave Wall - Irish Whale & Dolphin Group
"Results from Cetacean Surveys in 2004 and their implications for our knowledge of Cetacean Distribution and Relative Abundance"
Glenn Nolan - Marine Institute
"INSS bathymetry as an input to ocean models developed for Irish waters"
Questions, Public Forum and Panel Discussion 16.20



Details of how to get to UCC can be found on Detailed maps of Cork City can be found on with UCC on Tile 30.

The UCC Campus map can be found on The Reception will be in the south wing of the Restaurant block by the Main Entrance off College Rd behind Civil Engineering. The entrance to the Reception is from the Green where the Observatory is housed.

The Seminar will be held in the Devere Hall on the first floor of the Student Centre behind the Honan Chapel on Donovan's Rd (eastern side of campus).


Parking details can be found on although parking at UCC on week days can be difficult. Parking can be found on the streets but require parking discs obtainable at newsagents. Often street marking is limited to 2 hrs between 9-5. Alternatively parking is available in the the municipal car parks see

For high end hotels in Cork City please see For more moderately priced alternatives see or

For B&Bs in Cork City see:

 Garnish Hotel

 Tel: 021 4275111


 Seabed Survey Seminar rate:

 Single B&B @ > EUR> 65

 Double B&B @ > EUR> 45 per person


 Lancaster Lodge

 Tel: 021 4251125


 Seabed Survey Seminar Rate:

 Single B&B @ > EUR> 82






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