iCRAG will undertake research in the following areas:
The iCRAG research programme spans a broad spectrum of application areas linked to Applied Geosciences, including raw materials, marine, groundwater and hydrocarbons. Associated research ‘spokes’ are built around four enabling ‘platforms’ within the iCRAG Hub, including Geophysics, Geochemistry, 3D Model datasets and Public Perception/Understanding. Spokes were selected to build on demonstrable islands of scientific excellence and to leverage the maximum economic impact for Ireland.
iCRAG will promote the exchange of ideas, data and methodologies between and within spokes and platforms, with cohesion derived from shared analytical and modelling techniques and pervasive cross-cutting themes such as fluid flow, rock deformation and sedimentation.
iCRAG research will provide generic insights on issues across the geosciences by capitalising on Ireland’s unique geological resources, including its world-class base metal deposits, its unusually extensive and highly prospective offshore basins and its world-class lowland karst and fractured bedrock aquifers.
Wide-ranging fundamental research topics will investigate issues such as:
- the origin and nature of mineral deposits
- the evolution and petroleum geology of rifts and passive margins
- groundwater and contaminant flow within heterogeneous rock masses
The principal goal is to embed the outcomes of our high quality research within industry practice in Ireland and internationally.