Groundwater and surface waters are both vital sources of freshwater for humanity and farming. Ireland’s freshwater resources are increasingly under threat due to population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation, agricultural intensification, and climate change, placing increased burdens on water quantity and quality from a range of contaminants. iCRAG is addressing a pressing need to develop catchment-scale models for prediction of quantity and quality impacts on groundwater and surface water under different land use and/or climate change scenarios
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Long term monitoring with innovative methodologies to spatially and temporally characterise water and contaminant flows in catchments.
- Modelling & visualization of water resources as well as geogenic and anthropogenic contaminants in Irish waters
- Use of Earth Observation data to increase the spatial and temporal data collected for the instrumented catchments, as well as providing automated early flood warning systems.