Dec 05, 2016

On 5th October 2016, Danny Glynn was invited to attend the Tellus stakeholder consultation and book launch in the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in Dawson Street, Dublin. The collective event was entitled, “Unearthed – Impacts of the Tellus Surveys of the North of Ireland”.


Tellus Border was an EU INTERREG IVA-funded regional mapping project collecting geo-environmental data on soils, water and rocks across six border counties - Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth - and continuing the analysis of existing data in Northern Ireland. The project was a cross-border initiative between the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Information from the project is assisting environmental management and is supporting the sustainable development of our natural resources in the border region. The project was a follow-on from the Tellus project successfully completed in Northern Ireland and plans are now in place to continue the aerial survey of the rest of Ireland over the next 6 - 8 years.

The book of the work carried out to date, entitled, “Unearthed”, is a collaboration between many Geoscientists which details how this unprecedented land and air survey of hidden Ireland rewards us with a complete understanding of the natural history of this region. Indeed, the well-known academic and BBC presenter, Prof. Iain Stewart MBE, who also attended the event in Dublin, wrote the foreword for the publication, stating It tells an epic story of how ‘Ireland’s geological past will sustain its future'.

Between 2004 and 2013, €15 million of government and EU funding was spent on high-resolution, airborne geophysical and geochemical sampling surveys of Northern Ireland and the six northern counties of the Republic of Ireland. This book presents some of the findings of the first two stages of Tellus, the largest collaborative cross-border programme of geoscience surveys ever undertaken on the island of Ireland.

Tellus is a concerted cross-border investment in the terrestrial geosciences, intended both to stimulate exploration for natural resources and to generate essential data for geoenvironmental management. A huge volume of geoscientific data has already been produced and analysed by researchers in Ireland, the UK and beyond. Initiated by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the British Geological Survey, the project teams engaged widely with the academic community, industry, government, elected representatives, the general public and schools. Under the direction of the Geological Survey of Ireland, further phases of the Tellus programme are now steadily extending the surveys southward to cover the whole island. Link to the Tellus Project website –

In this book, scientists who have worked with the Tellus data reflect on the outputs and impacts in terms of the economy, the environment, energy, agriculture and ecology.

The all-day event, which Danny attended in early October, comprised two sessions:

(1)    Tellus stakeholder event outlining Tellus strategy and progress updates from team members, stakeholder involvement to plan future phases of the project and a general discourse of research projects undertaken in 2016 as a direct result of the Tellus data generated, and

(2)    Book launch and expert panel discussion on geoscience data supporting policy and the economy.

Further details of this important Geoscience document, including the data contained therein can be found at –