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Research 179: Soil Status and Protection

Authors: F. Bampa, K. Daly, R. Fealy, L. O’Sullivan, R. P.O. Schulte, C. Gutzler, D. Wall and R.E. Creamer, October 2016

Year: 2016

The objectives of this desk study were to review the current EU and Irish legislations, policies and available data which assess or encompass soil protection issues for Ireland.

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Research 182: Green Infrastructure: A ‘How To’ Guide for Disseminating and Integrating the Concept into Spatial Planning Practice

Authors: Mark Scott, Mick Lennon, Marcus Collier, Karen Foley, September 2016

Year: 2016

A ‘How To’ Guide for Disseminating and Integrating the Concept into Spatial Planning

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Research Report 186: The Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising (Historic WEEE)

Authors: Michael Johnson and Colin Fitzpatrick, August 2016

Year: 2016

Using a range of data sources including census data, historical WEEE audits and comprehensive sampling this project employed material flow analysis and statistical methods (Weibull Probability Density Function) to estimate future return rates of historical WEEE.

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Research 169: HYDROFOR: Assessment of the Impacts of Forest Operations on the Ecological Quality of Water

Authors: Mary Kelly-Quinn, Michael Bruen, Simon Harrison, Mark Healy, John Clarke, Tom Drinan, Hugh B. Feeley, Joanne Finnegan, Conor Graham, John Regan, Sean Blacklocke, July 2016

Year: 2016

HYDROFOR is an EPA and DAFM-supported multi-sector co-operative project to investigate the impacts of forestry operations on Ireland's aquatic ecology.

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Research Report 173 - The Characterisation of Dairy Waste and the Potential of Whey for Industrial Fermentation

Authors: Michael P. Ryan and Gary Walsh, July 2016

Year: 2016

Research Report 173 detailing The Characterisation of Dairy Waste and the Potential of Whey for Industrial Fermentation

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Research 171: The Effect of Wastewater Treatment Processes, in Particular Ultraviolet Light Treatment, on Pathogenic Virus Removal

Authors: Kelly Fitzhenry, Maria Barrett, Vincent O’Flaherty, William Dore, Martin Cormican, Neil Rowan, Eoghan Clifford, July 2016

Year: 2016

This study investigated the use of an alternative virus (FRNA bacteriophage) as a potential surrogate/model for norovirus behaviour.

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Research 174 - Towards an Integrated Policy Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland: Recommendations for Preparing Maritime Spatial Plans in Ireland

Authors: Conor Norton, Jerry Barnes, Deiric O’Broin, Wesley Flannery, Cillian Adamson and Sybil Berne, June 2016

Year: 2016

There is a need for a holistic vision and management to allow for the balance of social, economic and environmental interests and to ensure that maritime space and resources are used in a planned and sustainable manner.

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Research 175 - AgImpact Project: Identifying Approaches to Improving Knowledge Exchange (KE) in the Irish AgriFood Sector using Expert Opinion

Authors: Owen Carton, Paul Cross, Anna Jones, Seamus Crosse, Paul Withers, Cara Augustenborg & Donnacha Doody, June 2016

Year: 2016

There is significant pressure to develop knowledge exchange (KE) processes that will facilitate the application of existing and new knowledge in order to deliver increased agricultural production efficiency and profitability while protecting natural capital including water.

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Research 177 - Economic Assessment of the Waterborne Outbreak of Cryptosporidium hominis in Galway, 2007

Authors: Dearbháile Morris, Aksana Chyzheuskaya, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Srinivas Raghavendra, Martina Prendergast and Martin Cormican, June 2016

Year: 2016

Water is a limited and precious resource and is being consumed worldwide at unsustainable levels. It is therefore essential to place an economic value on this precious resource. In March 2007, the largest outbreak of cryptosporidiosis since surveillance began in Ireland occurred, and was associated with contamination of the water supply serving Galway City and surrounding areas.

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Research 176: SILTFLUX Literature Review

Authors:Damian Lawler, Anna Rymszewicz, Liz Conroy, John O’Sullivan, Michael Bruen, Jonathan Turner and Mary Kelly-Quinn, June 2016

Year: 2016

This review summarises the key issues that affect the role of fine sediment in fluvial systems, with a focus on northern Europe, the UK and Ireland, which will be of most relevance to the SILTFLUX project.

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Research Report 164 - Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guideline

Author: Stefan Gray, May 2016

Year: 2016

The purpose of this guideline is to support local authorities in the development of a local climate change adaptation strategy. In its structure and content, the guideline draws heavily on the 2013 Guidelines on Developing Adaptation Strategies provided to European Union Member States by the European Commission (SWD(2013) 134 final), with the aim of fostering coherence between strategies developed at local and national scale.

EPA Research Documents for Calls announced in 2017

Year: 2016

Documents for 2017 Calls

EPA Research Call 2016 Documents

Year: 2016

Call documents for 2016 Research Call

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Research Report 168: Increasing Resource Efficiency in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Authors: Lorna Fitzsimons, Eoghan Clifford, Greg McNamara, Edelle Doherty, Thomas Phelan, Matthew Horrigan, Yann Delauré and Brian Corcoran, May 2016

Year: 2016

The focus of this project was the resource efficiency of Irish wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The perspective of the report is both operational (economic) and environmental. Wastewater treatment is a resource-intensive process, with three main resources being identified as those of greatest concern: energy, chemicals and water.

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Research 172 - Combining earth observation and geochemical tracing techniques for groundwater detection and evaluation in Ireland

Author: Jean Wilson, Carlos Rocha and Catherine Coxon, April 2016

Year: 2016

Precipitation that reaches the earth’s surface can infiltrate into the ground to become groundwater. Groundwater is subsurface water that fully saturates pores or cracks in soil and rocks. While an important source of freshwater globally, groundwater is also environmentally important as baseflow or low-water flow, which maintains river, stream and lake levels, as well as their associated ecosystems.

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Research 170 - Review of Public Information Programmes to Enhance Home Radon Screening Uptake and Home Remediation

Author: David Hevey, April 2016

Year: 2016

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no taste, colour or smell. It is formed in the ground by the radioactive decay of uranium which is present in all rocks and soils. The World Health Organisation has categorised radon as a carcinogen, in the same group as asbestos and tobacco smoke.

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Research 167 - Guidelines for Effective Risk Communication

To Accompany EPA Research Report 167, March 2016

Year: 2016

The accompanying guidelines to Research 167 which examines the elements required for the preparation, implementation and monitoring of engagement strategy.

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Research 167 - EPA RESOURCE KIT: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy

Relay Risk: Examining the Communication of Environmental Risk through a Case Study of Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland, March 2016

Year: 2016

The report examines the elements required for the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of an engagement strategy aimed at communicating risk-based environmental regulation of domestic wastewater treatment systems to owners of such systems. The report is aimed at regulators, national and local authorities, and policy makers, particularly those involved in environmental risk communication, management and assessment

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Research 165 - Contaminant Movement and Attenuation along Pathways from the Land Surface to Aquatic Receptors: the PATHWAYS Project

Authors: Marie Archbold, Jenny Deakin, Michael Bruen, Mesfin Desta, Ray Flynn, Mary Kelly- Quinn, Laurence Gill, Pamela Maher, Bruce Misstear, Eva Mockler, Ronan O’Brien, Alison Orr, Ian Packham and Joshua Thompson, March 2016

Year: 2016

The synthesis report for the PATHWAYS project.

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Research 166 - Characterisation of Reference Conditions for Rare River Types

Authors: Edel Hannigan and Mary Kelly-Quinn, February 2016

Year: 2016

This report is the Literature Review of the Rare Type project, which will help ensure that rare river types are categorised and assessed correctly as required by the WFD.