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Development and Conservation of Irish Bogs: Geotechnical and Hydrogeological challenges

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 15 January 2020
  • Time(s)
    From 6:30 PM
  • Venue
    GSI, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

About the event

Peatlands and peat soils underlie approximately one fifth of the island of Ireland. Their widespread occurrence, waterlogged condition and low fertility have led to them often being considered as wastelands, to be drained, cut or built on. Associated civil engineering activity in these areas has been accompanied by the development of rules of thumb, largely applicable to drained peats.  More recent scientific research has led to a greater appreciation of the value of peatlands in regulating processes in the wider environment, leading to an alternative set of challenges related to peatland conservation and restoration. These have highlighted the need to reappraise the link between peatland hydrogeology, ecology and geotechnics, and particularly to examine the impact of drainage on peat properties and hydrology. This presentation will examine these challenges, approaches currently being adopted/tested, and knowledge gaps that need to be addressed if we are to work on and preserve our peatlands in a sustainable manner into the future.

About the Speaker

Raymond Flynn has taught Environmental Hydrology at undergraduate and postgraduate level the School of the Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, since 2005. His research interests range from fractured rock hydrogeology to water borne contaminant transport. He has a particular interest in using multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the hydrology and hydrogeology of Irish peatland habitats, which he has investigated over the past 30 years. He has acted as the principal hydrologist on the development of the Irish Government’s National Peatlands Strategy, where he worked in collaboration with RPS Engineers to generate a scientifically defensible basis for management plans within the government’s network of raised bogs. More recently he has headed up an EPA-funded programme to quantify ecosystems services provided by blanket bogs to water.


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