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Groundwater and Geothermal Unit

Groundwater and Geothermal Unit

​​​​Groundwater is important as a source of drinking water, and it supports river flows, lake levels and ecosystems. It contains natural substances dissolved from the soils and rocks that it flows through, and can also be contaminated by human actions on the land surface.

As a clean, but vulnerable, resource, groundwater needs to be understood, managed and protected. We provide advice and maps to members of the public, consultancies and public bodies about groundwater quality, quantity and distribution.

Geothermal energy is the heat that exists beneath the surface of the Earth. Ireland has abundant geothermal energy resources that are as yet largely untapped. Geothermal energy is proven to be secure, environmentally sustainable, effectively carbon-neutral and cost-effective over long-term periods, and can play an important role in decarbonising Ireland's heat energy sector.

We provide scientific advice and expertise in this area to support new policies and regulations developed by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. We are developing a new National Geothermal database to promote the use of this clean natural resource. 

​Explore the data and maps compiled by the Groundwater programme.

​Explore the research initiatives taking place in the Groundwater programme.

 

 

https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/events-and-news/news/Pages/Intuitive-and-straightforward-Ireland's-geothermal-potential-in-the-news.aspx"Intuitive and straightforward" Ireland's geothermal potential in the newsA new article from TheJournal.ie, with scientific contributions from Geological Survey Ireland, highlights Ireland's unused geothermal potential, barriers to deployment and how we can overcome them.22/01/2022 00:00:00
https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/events-and-news/news/Pages/Geological--Survey-Ireland-moves-from-Beggars-Bush.aspxGeological Survey Ireland has left Beggars Bush. Geological Survey Ireland is moving to Booterstown Hall and City West in January 2022. 07/01/2022 00:00:00

 

 

https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/publications/Pages/Briefing_Note_No_5_Supporting_Geoscience_Research_in_Ireland.aspxBriefing Note No. 5 - Supporting Geoscience Research in Ireland07/12/2021 00:00:00
https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/publications/Pages/Screening-for-Appropriate-Assessment-Glenamaddy-Turlough-.aspxScreening for Appropriate Assessment of Remote Water Level Monitoring in Glenamaddy Turlough05/10/2021 23:00:00