Maerl Beach Morphodynamics Fieldwork in Carraroe

A high resolution beach morphodynamics experiment and monitoring of the intra-wave sediment transport took place last week at Carraroe’s maerl beach in County Galway. A large frame with seven distance sensors mounted facing downwards, was used. These data, together with GPS and offshore wave measurements using the AWAC instrument, as well as drone imagery, are being used to construct high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and as part of a beach morphodynamics process model (using XBeach). Here are some photos of the experiment, which forms part of the Geological Survey Ireland Short Call 2017 project.


Frame still standing in the high spring tide


Sunset at Carraroe Trá an Doilín Beach


This field work is funded by and forms part of the Geological Survey Ireland Short call 2017 project no. 43 (PI: Siddhi Joshi).

Art Inspiring Action to Protect our Oceans

Using art is an essential tool in halting the destruction of threatened species. People only protect what they love—and recognizing this, we can bring the beauty and vulnerability of marine life to mainstream audiences across the globe, fueling a new wave of curiosity and appreciation for the oceans, and inspire the global community to take immediate steps to conserve them.

The Longest River

The Longest River – An Arts, Music and Marine Science Fusion is a unique collaboration between Galway based choir Cois Cladaigh and the Marine Institute, Ireland. The event was presented at Eglise du Saint-Sacrement, Brussels as part of the celebration of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of European Union in April 2013. The Longest River promotes marine science, research and development through ocean literacy and music and was orated by John Delaney, University of Washington. The Longest River event was supported by Culture Ireland, Tourism Ireland and was under the patronage of both Ms Maria Damanaki and Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Members of the European Commission.

MAREANO – revealing the secrets of the seabed

MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, biodiversity, habitats and biotopes as well as pollution in the seabed in Norwegian coastal and offshore areas. The Programme aims to provide answers to questions such as:

How is the seascape of the Norwegian continental shelf?

What does the seabed consist of?

How is the biodiversity distributed on the seabed?

How are habitats and biotopes distributed on the seabed?

What is the relationship between the physical environment, biodiversity and biological resources?

How much contaminants are stored in the bottom sediments?

via Mareano – The Sea in Maps and Pictures.