Geohazard Investigation within the Irish Sea utilizing Seismic and Seabed Mapping Strategies (GIST) – Weblog 4

Geohazard Investigation within the Irish Sea utilizing Seismic and Seabed Mapping Strategies (GIST) 


twenty fourth October – sixth November 2019

Hello all, we have now suffered a slight delay resulting from storm Pablo forcing us again to Dublin Port. Nevertheless, we’re again on observe and at present on transit out to a area north of Dublin Bay within the Irish Sea to proceed the GIST survey!

My title is Shauna Creane and I’m a Geoscientist at present endeavor an industry-based PhD with College School Cork (UCC) and Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG). My analysis focuses on the interplay between seabed hydrodynamics and morphodynamic change within the Irish Sea, and the implications for offshore infrastructure. Why is that this analysis necessary? Within the context of the battle towards local weather change, the Irish Authorities expects to ship 70% renewable electrical energy share by 2030 to fulfill the EU goal set at 32% renewable vitality share. To take action, the Local weather Motion Plan, revealed in June 2019, outlines a goal of at the very least 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030 with 1 GW to be delivered by 2025. Eire’s expansive marine useful resource additionally has the potential to offer important financial development by means of the event of essential infrastructure like offshore renewable vitality installations. Offshore developments might alter the marine atmosphere in various methods, together with growing turbidity, growth of scour round turbine foundations, in addition to erosion round electrical energy cables. This could have environmental implications, in addition to impacts on the operation of the wind farm/ocean vitality array. To completely perceive the geomorphological influence of offshore renewable vitality developments, a radical understanding of the seabed morphodynamics is required. 

 Determine 1. Seize pattern retrieved and analysed by extremely enthusiastic chief scientist! (Images courtesy of Megan Dolan)

The GIST survey is my first analysis survey and I’m delighted to be on board. It’s a nice alternative to be taught and assist fellow scientists accumulating necessary information linked with quite a lot of scientific disciplines. I settled in effectively after a number of queasy days acclimatising to the completely different shift patterns and the heaving movement of the ship. I bought to know my fellow scientists and the crew who’re extremely skilled, skilled and nice craic! The survey has progressed enormously since Thursday and we had been effectively forward of our schedule earlier than returning to port throughout unsuitable climate circumstances. We accomplished surveying six sunken shipwrecks, collected an ample quantity of seize samples (Determine 1), 4 vibro-cores to a depth of 3m every (Figures 2 and three), and obtained various good high quality sparker seismic traces. All this information will feed into Jan’s PhD analysis at Ulster College and Mark’s Submit Doc work at iCRAG.

Determine 2. Early morning retrieval of a 3m vibrocore (Picture courtesy of Megan Dolan)

On Sunday night time we had a too shut for consolation encounter between a trawler and certainly one of Eoghan’s moorings. Luckily, the trawler had seen the instrument’s marker buoys (with flashing lights) and prevented slicing the underwater line to the hydrophones. This prevented the lack of some hi-tech tools, invaluable scientific information, and a coronary heart assault for Eoghan! Fingers-crossed the shut encounter was recorded by the extremely delicate hydrophones which in flip will produce great information for Eoghan’s PhD work!

Determine 3. All arms on deck to chop and label a collected 3m vibro core (Picture curtesy of Megan Dolan)

 As we head again out to proceed the survey, we plan to take a look at the passing storm as a constructive. By surveying every shipwreck earlier than and after the storm, attention-grabbing sediment mobility could also be noticed and analysed. By combining these observations with measured MetOcean information, localised hydrodynamic and sediment distribution modifications round these shipwrecks might be modelled and the driving forces behind these phenomenons could also be decided. As you may see, it’s a very thrilling time for marine science!

Keep tuned for the subsequent replace from the RV Celtic Voyager!

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