2016 Griffith Award

In 2016 Geological Survey Ireland launched the redeveloped Griffith Award programme. These elite awards provide funding for a teaching replacement and research costs in an Irish 3rd level institute. The aim is to support cutting edge geoscience research in Ireland. Expected impacts are high-impact journal publications and/or submission of ERC/Horizon2020 (or equivalent) applications. 2016’s successful applicant was Dr Eugene Farrell, NUI, Galway.

Application of UAV technology to measure bathymetry and topography in coastal and marine environments

Dr Eugene Farrell, National University of Ireland, Galway – Geography

High resolution UAV mapping is ground breaking but it is unknown how this technology compares with conventional ground-based, airborne and satellite survey techniques. This 12 month experiment will use professional UAV platforms to monitor coastal change by deploying a multispectral camera to retrieve nearshore bathymetry and photogrammetry to generate DEMs using Structure-from-Motion technology. The UAV data will be used to validate key physical parameters (bathymetry and topography) derived from equivalent coarse-resolution Earth Observation Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 data. The project will redefine our concept of what is ‘best available data’ for coastal modelling and advance the state-of-knowledge of coastal dynamics.

eugene.farrell@nuigalway.ie