The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) brings together Ireland’s leading geoscience experts to work on developing safe and secure groundwater supplies, discovering mineral and aggregate deposits, de-risking oil and gas exploration, and educating and informing the public on geoscience-related issues. The centre has €26 million in funding and will support 150 researchers once it is fully up and running.
Forming an integrated team of internationally leading researchers and both large- and small-scale industry partners, iCRAG will carry out research which will help in the discovery and harnessing of Ireland’s natural resources, such as its world class Zn-Pb mineral deposits, its untapped hydrocarbon resources in challenging NE Atlantic deep water environments, and its important and environmentally sensitive seabed and groundwater resources.
The technology developed by iCRAG takes the form of soft-knowledge, data, methods, protocols, policy documents and software. This technology helps companies discover and develop natural resources for the mutual benefit of the companies and Ireland.
A comprehensive suite of analytical and modelling resources Platform facilities in geophysics, geochemistry and 3D modelling.
iCRAG work in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the SFI Research Centres to encourage education and public engagement initiatives. They organise and develop local and national programmes related to their area of research such as;
Prof John Walsh - Centre Director
John Walsh is Professor of Structural Geology at UCD and co-director of the Fault Analysis Group in the School of Geological Sciences. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, served on the editorial boards of five journals, including Geology and the Journal of Structural Geology, and acted as distinguished lecturer for the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in 2004 and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) in 2007.
Prof Balz Kember - Deputy Director
Dr Jennifer Craig - Centre Manager
Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
UCD School of Geological Sciences
+353 1 7162169
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