Geoscience underpins the discovery of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to the world’s economy. With increasing demand and diminishing supply, focused innovations in geoscience are of paramount importance globally. Ireland is home to Europe’s largest zinc mine, untapped hydrocarbon resources in challenging NE Atlantic deep water environments, and a diverse geological framework with important untapped seabed and groundwater resources. Forming an integrated team of internationally leading researchers and both large- and small-scale industry partners, iCRAG will carry out research to find and harness these resources whilst protecting the environment.
iCRAG is funded under the SFI Research Centres Programme and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.
iCRAG will focus on finding solutions for problems such as:
- safe and secure groundwater supplies
- the discovery of mineral and aggregate deposits
- the de-risking of oil and gas exploration