Tellus Airborne Geophysical Survey Report 2014: Tellus Border Geophysical Interpretation Report (2011-2013)
Hodgson, J.A. and Ture M.D. (2014) Tellus Border Geophysical Interpretation Report. Geological Survey of Ireland and Geological Survey of Northern Ireland joint report.
The Tellus Border project was a €4.8M EU INTERREG IVA-funded cross border project designed to
map the environment and geology of the border region of Ireland. It was an extension of the
successful Tellus project of Northern Ireland (http://www.bgs.ac.uk/gsni/tellus/). The project
collected geochemistry and airborne geophysics datasets with the aim of merging the new and
existing datasets into seamless cross-border baseline data. The airborne part of the project
comprised the collection of low altitude magnetic, spectrometry and frequency domain
electromagnetic data. The airborne survey was carried out by Sander Geophysics Ltd (SGL, 2012)
between October 2011 and July 2012. Geophysical data measures variations in certain physical
properties such as magnetic susceptibility, density, conductivity and content of radioactive
elements. The data can be interpreted in terms of the distribution of rocks and soils and their
structure. By using a combination of methods and in conjunction with other geological information
such as existing mapping and drilling, conceptual models of the surface and subsurface can be
developed. The new geophysical data allows existing geological maps and ideas to be tested and
confirmed as well as highlighting new features and anomalies. This new seamless cross-border
data set has allowed a detailed assessment of geological boundaries across the region. The main
uses of this merged dataset are;
- To provide high quality data for geological mapping of the 12 northern counties of the island of Ireland, on both regional and local scales, including the mapping of lineaments/faults, tectonic structures and crystalline basement.
- To assist in the mapping of natural resources.
- To provide baseline information for environmental management.
- To contribute to research in the fields of hydrogeology, soil carbon/peat assessment, natural and anthropogenic radioactivity, radon risk, geohazards and the mapping of pollution plumes.