Tellus Airborne Geophysical Technical Report 2013: Data processing report - Border counties of Ireland (Tellus Border)
J. A. Hodgson, M. D. Ture
The Tellus Border project is a geochemistry and airborne geophysical survey of the six northern
counties of the Republic of Ireland, funded by the INTERREG IVA programme of the European
Regional Development Fund. It is an extension of the successful Tellus project of Northern Ireland
(http://www.bgs.ac.uk/gsni/tellus/). The project objective is to create a seamless cross‐border
geo‐environmental baseline dataset incorporating new and existing data. This report outlines the
merging procedure and reviews the main processing carried out to individual geophysical datasets.
The new airborne data was collected within the border counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan,
Monaghan and Louth in the Republic of Ireland (ROI).Surveying was carried out between October
2011 and July 2012. Previous airborne geophysical surveys were carried out across Northern
Ireland (Tellus) in 2005 and 2006 (Beamish et. al, 2006 a,b,c) and a pilot study covering parts of the
counties of Cavan and Monaghan in the ROI (Kurimo, 2006, GSI 2006 Internal report). All surveys
measured magnetic field, electrical conductivity and gamma‐radiometric spectrometer data
(primarily potassium, thorium and uranium). The same survey specifications were used for each
survey to assist in the merging of the different data sets.
Final merged data is to be released in February 2013. However due to need for further processing
of the electrical conductivity data version 1 of this report will deal with only the final production of
the magnetic and radiometric data. Version 2 of this report will include all data when it becomes
As the data falls within different jurisdictions it is subject to different agreements and levels of
availability. All data within the ROI except for one area under commercial licence is free to all.
Release of data from Northern Ireland is subject to data‐licensing, which is free to non‐profit
The full processing reports from the contractors who carried out the surveys are contained in
appendices at the end of this report.