Given the growing population and changing climate, the need to identify, monitor, and mitigate geohazards is increasingly important to protect society. Advances in geotechnical engineering are essential to ensure the resilience of existing and newbuild infrastructure. Research on the geological causes of, and controls on, geohazards will be shared with decision makers to advise about risk and choices to address risks.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Tunnel construction and maintenance
- Sinkholes and hazards to groundwater and infrastructure in karst terrains
- Ground motions of Irish peatlands
- Flooding risks in a changing climate
- Early warning for volcanoes
- Improved monitoring for anthropogenic and natural seismicity