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Bruce Misstear
Associate Professor, Civil Struct & Env. Eng.

Biography

Associate Professor in hydrogeology and environmental engineering at Trinity College Dublin (Dean of Students 2003-2007). Currently engaged in research on topics such as effects of climate change on groundwater recharge, impacts of domestic wastewater treatment systems on water quality in private wells, water pollution pathways, sustainable groundwater development in Africa, and impacts of transportation options on air quality. Previously worked for 18 years as a consultant hydrogeologist, becoming head of the Groundwater Department of Consulting Engineer Mott MacDonald and a Director of the firm's Environment and Water Resources Division. Professional experience includes water resources and environmental projects in Ireland, UK, Oman, Czechoslovakia, Bahrain, Sudan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Nigeria. Author or co-author of over 150 publications, and more than 50 unpublished consultancy reports. Currently preparing a second edition of the international textbook 'Water Wells and boreholes', first published by J Wiley & Sons in 2006. As Dean of Students, was involved in the strategic development of student services and accommodation services for the university's 15,000 student population. Elected Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (2012) and Secretary General (2016).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cantoni E., Misstear B.D.R. and Gill L., A sensitivity analysis in relation to climate change impacts on groundwater recharge to Irish fractured-bedrock aquifers, International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), "Developments in Irish hydrogeology in a changing water services and planning environment" , Tullamore, 25-26 April 2017, 2017, ppIV-17 - IV-23 Conference Paper, 2017

Tedd K., Coxon C., Misstear B.B.R., Daly D., Craig M., Mannix A. and Hunter Williams N., Assessing and developing natural background levels for chemical parameters in Irish groundwate, Wexford, Ireland, EPA, 2017, p1 - 155 Report, 2017

Deakin J., Archbold M., Daly D. and Misstear B.D.R., Understanding pathways transferring nutrients to streams - implications for water quality management strategies, International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), "Developments in Irish hydrogeology in a changing water services and planning environment", Tullamore, 25-26 April 2017, 2017, ppIII-1 - III-8 Conference Paper, 2017

Misstear BDR, Banks D and Clark L, Water Wells and Boreholes, 2nd Edition, Second, Chichester, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, 1 - 536pp Book, 2017

Tang, J., McNabola, A., Misstear, B., Caulfield, B., An evaluation of the impact of the Dublin Port Tunnel and HGV management strategy on air pollution emissions, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52, 2017, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Donnelly, A., Naughton, O., Broderick, B. and Misstear, B., Short-Term Forecasting of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Levels Using a Hybrid Statistical and Air Mass History Modelling Approach., Environmental Modelling and Assessment., 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Nyhan M., Grauwin S., Britter R., Misstear B., McNabola A., Laden F., Barrett S. and Ratti. C., Exposure track' - The impact of mobile device based mobility patterns on quantifying population exposure to air pollution, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Deakin, J., Flynn, R., Archbold, M., Daly, D., O'Brien, R., Orr, A. and Misstear, B. , Understanding pathways transferring nutrients to streams - Review of a major Irish study and its implications for determining water quality management strategies, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Biology and Environment, 116B, (3), 2016, p233 - 243 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Donnelly A., Naughton O., Misstear B.D.R and Broderick B., Maximizing the spatial representativeness of NO2 monitoring data using a combination of local wind-based sectoral division and seasonal and diurnal correction factors, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

O'Driscoll C., Ramwell C., Harhen B., Morrison L., Clauson-Kaas F., Hansen H.C.B., Campbell G., Misstear B. and Xiao, L., Ptaquiloside in Irish bracken ferns and receiving waters, with implications for land managers, Molecules, 21, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Misstear, BDR, Looking to the future: Opportunities and challenges in hydrogeology education and training, 36th annual groundwater seminar on 'Sustaining Ireland's Water Future: The Role of Groundwater', Tullamore, 12-13 April 2016, 2016, ppII-11 - II-18 Conference Paper, 2016 URL

Archbold M., Deakin J., Packham I., Mockler E., Orr A., O'Brien R., Maher P., Thompson J., Cocchiglia L., Kelly-Quinn M., Desta M., Misstear B.D.R., Bruen M., Gill L., Ofterdinger U. and Flynn R., Contaminant movement and attenuation along pathways from the land surface to aquatic receptors - Integrated synthesis report., STRIVE Report, 165, Wexford, Ireland, EPA, February, 2016, p1 - 34 Report, 2016

Donnelly A., Broderick B. and Misstear B.D.R, The effect of long range air mass transport pathways on PM10 and NO2 concentrations at urban and rural background sites in Ireland: Quantification using clustering techniques. , The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 50, (7), 2015, pDOI 10.1080/10934529.20 Journal Article, 2015

Donnelly A., Misstear B.D.R and Broderick B. , Real time air quality forecasting using integrated parametric and non-parametric regression techniques, Atmospheric Environment, 103, 2015, p53-65 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Water resources in Uganda in, editor(s)G.H. Fagan, S. Linnane, K.G. McGuigan, A. Rugumayo , Water is Life: Progress to secure safe water provision in rural Uganda, Rugby, UK, Practical Action Publishing, 2015, pp73 - 96, [Rugumayo A., Jennings, E., Linnane, S. and Misstear B.D.R.] Book Chapter, 2015

Flynn R, Deakin J, Archbold M, Cushnan H, Misstear BDR, Kilroy K and O'Flaherty V, Using microbiological tracers to assess the impact of winter land use restrictions on the quality of stream headwaters in a small catchment, Science of the Total Environment, 541, 2015, p949 - 956 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Gill, L., Dubber, D., O'Flaherty, V., Keegan, M., Kilroy, K., Curneen, S., Misstear, B., Johnston, P., Pilla, F., McCarthy, T., Qazi, N., Smyth, D., Assessment of disposal options for treated wastewater from single houses in low-permeability subsoils, EPA Research Report 161, Ireland, 2015 Report, 2015

Hynds, Paul Misstear, Bruce D. Gill, Laurence W. Murphy, Heather M., Groundwater source contamination mechanisms: Physicochemical profile clustering, risk factor analysis and multivariate modelling, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

O'Brien R.J., Misstear B.D.R., Gill L.W., Johnston P.M., Flynn R., Quantifying flows along hydrological pathways by applying a new filtering algorithm in conjunction with master recession curve analysis, Hydrological Processes Journal, 28, 2014, p6211 - 6221 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Nyhan M, McNabola A, Misstear B, Comparison of particulate matter dose and acute heart rate variability response in cyclists, pedestrians, bus and train passengers., The Science of the total environment, 468-469C, 2014, p821-831 Journal Article, 2014

Keegan M., Kilroy K., Gill L.W., Nolan D., O'Flaherty V., Dubber D., Johnston P.M., Misstear B.D.R., Barrett M., Assessment of the impact of traditional septic tank soakaway systems on water quality in Ireland, Water, Science and Technology, 70, (4), 2014, p634 - 641 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

B.D.R. Misstear, Water well design in the 21st century, Dooge-Nash Symposium 2014, 'The Grand Challenges Facing Hydrology in the 21st Century', Dublin, 24-25 April 2014, edited by J.J. O'Sullivan and M. Bruen , 2014, pp235 - 243 Conference Paper, 2014

Misstear B.D.R. , Water well design and groundwater management in the Gulf region, Water in the GCC towards more efficient management, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 20-22 October, 2014, Water Science & Technology Association Invited Talk, 2014

Gill L.W., Keegan M., Dubber D., Misstear B.D.R. and Johnston P.M, Determining the minimum subsoil permeability for pressured infiltration systems for on-site wastewater treatment in Ireland, in Soil Science Society of America specialist conference: innovation in soil-based wastewater treatment, Soil Science Society of America specialist conference: innovation in soil-based wastewater treatment, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 7th-8th April 2014, 2014, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2014

Nyhan M, McNabola A, Misstear BDR , Evaluating artificial neural networks for predicting minute ventilation and lung deposited dose in commuting cyclists, Journal of Transport & Health, 1, 2014, p305 - 315 Journal Article, 2014

K.M Tedd, C. Coxon, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly, M. Craig, A. Mannix and N. Hunter Williams, An integrated pressure and pathway approach to the spatial analysis of groundwater nitrate: a case study from the southeast of Ireland, Science of the Total Environment, 476-477, 2014, p460 - 476 Journal Article, 2014

Misstear B.D.R., Groundwater sources: out of sight, out of mind? , The Engineers Journal, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Keegan M., Gill L.W., Dubber D., Johnston P.M., Misstear B.D.R., Alternative infiltration systems for treatment of domestic wastewater in low permeability subsoils, 11th IWA Conference - Small Water & Wastewater Systems and Sludge Management, Harbin, China, 28th -30th October, 2013, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2013

R. J. O'Brien, B.D. Misstear, L.W. Gill, J. Deakin and R. Flynn, Developing an integrated hydrograph separation and lumped modelling approach to quantifying hydrological pathways in Irish river catchments, Journal of Hydrology, 486, 2013, p259 - 270 Journal Article, 2013

Deakin J., Misstear B.D.R., Archbold M. and Flynn R., Hydrogeological pathways in two contrasting catchments - implications for management, 33rd annual groundwater seminar on 'Groundwater and Catchment Management', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Tullamore, 23-24 April 2013, 2013, ppII-13 - II-20 Conference Paper, 2013

Hynds PD, Misstear BD, Gill LW, Unregulated private wells in the Republic of Ireland: Consumer awareness, source susceptibility and protective actions., Journal of environmental management, 127C, 2013, p278-288 Journal Article, 2013

Deakin J., Misstear B.D.R., Archbold M. and Flynn R. , The role of artificial field drainage in the delivery of flow and nutrients to rivers in low permeability catchments, LuWQ2013, Land Use and Water Quality: 'Reducing Effects of Agriculture', The Hague, the Netherlands, 10-13 June 2013, edited by D. Fraters and K. Kovar , 2013, pp93 - 94 Conference Paper, 2013

N. Hunter Williams, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly and M. Lee, The development of a national groundwater recharge map for the Republic of Ireland, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, 46, 2013, p493 - 506 Journal Article, 2013

Misstear B.D.R., Hynds P.D., Gill L.W., Hydrogeology and health: a study of private wells in Ireland, Hydrogeology and Health: understanding the impacts of groundwater on people, The Geological Society, London, 7 November 2012, The Geological Society of London, 2012, pp6 - 6 Meeting Abstract, 2012

J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, R. O'Brien, M. Archbold and R. Flynn, Pathways for delivery of diffuse contaminants to surface water receptors, International Association of hydrogeologists 39th Congress: Confronting Global Change, Niagara Falls, Canada, 16-21 September 2012, edited by K Howard & R Gerber , 2012, pp221 - 221 Meeting Abstract, 2012

R. Flynn, J. Deakin, L. Brown, R. O'Brien and B. Misstear, Quantifying contributions of domestic wastewater treatment systems to nutrient fluxes in stream headwaters, International Symposium on Wastewater Treatment Systems, Trinity College Dublin, 10-11 September 2012, 2012, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2012

Donnelly A., Broderick B. and Misstear B.D.R, Relating background NO2 concentrations in air to back trajectories through parametric and nonparametric regression methods: Application at two background sites in Ireland, Journal of Environmental Modelling and Assessment, 17, (4), 2012, p363 - 373 Journal Article, 2012

P.D. Hynds, B.D.R. Misstear and L. Gill, Development of a microbial contamination susceptibility model for private groundwater sources in Ireland, International Association of Hydrogeologists 39th Congress: Confronting Global Change, Niagara Falls, Canada, 16-21 September 2012, edited by K. Howard & R. Gerber , 2012, pp107 - 108 Meeting Abstract, 2012

Donnelly A., Broderick B. and Misstear B.D.R., A Novel Method For Defining Hourly Background No2 And Pm10 Concentrations For Use In Local Air Quality Modelling Studies And Comparison To Existing Practices, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 7, 2012, p428 - 445 Journal Article, 2012

O'Luanaigh N.D., Gill L.W., Misstear B.D.R., Johnston P.M., The attenuation of microorganisms in on-site wastewater effluent discharged into highly permeable subsoils, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 142-143, 2012, p126 - 139 Journal Article, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill and R. Flynn, Analysis of flow pathways in Irish catchments underlain by fractured and karstified bedrock, International Association of Hydrogeologists 39th Congress: Confronting Global Change, Niagara Falls, Canada, 16-21 September 2012, edited by K Howard & R Gerber , 2012, pp222 - 223 Meeting Abstract, 2012

P. Hynds, B.D.R. Misstear and L.W. Gill, Development of a microbial contamination susceptibility model for private domestic groundwater sources, Water Resources Research, 48, (W12504), 2012, p1-10 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

P. Hynds, B.D.R. Misstear and L.W. Gill, Investigation of water consumption patterns among Irish adults as part of waterborne quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA), Journal of Water and Health, 10, (3), 2012, p453 - 464 Journal Article, 2012 URL

BDR Misstear, Some key issues in the design of water wells in unconsolidated and fractured rock aquifers, Acque Sotterranee, Italian Journal of Groundwater, AS02006, 2012, p9 - 17 Journal Article, 2012

K.M. Tedd, B.D.R. Misstear, C. Coxon, D. Daly and N. Hunter Williams, Hydrogeological insights from groundwater level hydrographs in southeast Ireland, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, 45, 2012, p19 - 30 Journal Article, 2012

Tedd, K., Misstear, B., Coxon, C., Daly, D. & Hunter Williams, N. , Hydrogeological insights from groundwater level hydrographs in southeast Ireland. , Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 45, 2012, p19 - 30 Journal Article, 2012

Hynds P.D., Misstear B., Gill L.W., The predicted human health effects associated with bacterial contamination of private water wells in Ireland., IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy, National Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 13th-18th May, 2012, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2012

O'Brien R., Deakin J., Misstear B., Gill L., Flynn R., Analysis of flow pathways in fractured bedrock using a lumped modelling approach, GwFR'2012 - International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, Prague, Czech Republic, 21st-24th May , 2012, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2012

O'Brien R., Misstear B., Deakin J., Gill L., Flynn R., Quantification of hydrological pathways for improved water resource management in Irish Catchments, IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy, National Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 13th-18th May, 2012, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2012

N. Hunter Williams, B. Misstear, D. Daly, P. Johnston, M. Lee, P. Cooney and C. Hickey, A national groundwater recharge map for Ireland, National Hydrology Conference, Athlone, 15 November 2011, 2011, pp1-19 Conference Paper, 2011

A. Donnelly, B.D.R. Misstear and B. Broderick, Application of nonparametric regression methods to study the relationship between NO2 concentrations and local wind direction and speed at background sites', Science of the Total Environment, 409, 2011, p1134 - 1144 Journal Article, 2011

Misstear BDR & Brown L, Groundwater recharge: Influence of glacial tills on resource assessment and groundwater protection in Ireland, Groundwater in the Hydrological Cycle - Pressures and Protection, Tullamore, 20-21 April 2010, edited by IAH (Irish Group) , 2010, pp1-1 - 1-12 Conference Paper, 2010

M. Archbold, M. Bruen, J. Deakin, D. Doody, R. Flynn, M. Kelly-Quinn, B. Misstear and U. Ofterdinger, Contaminant movement and attenuation along pathways from the land surface to aquatic receptors - a review, Wexford, Ireland, EPA, April, 2010, 1, 177 Report, 2010 DOI

A. Donnelly, B. Broderick & B.D.R. Misstear, Assessing background air pollutant concentrations for modelling studies: evaluation of addition equations under Irish conditions, Air Pollution XIII, Kos, Greece, 21-23 June 2010, edited by C.A Brebbie & J.W.S. Longhurst , WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Volume 136, 2010, pp25 - 36 Conference Paper, 2010

J. Deakin, B. Misstear, A. Murphy, M. Dowling and R. Flynn, Investigating water flow and contaminant pathways to rivers using chemical hydrograph separation, National Hydrology Conference, Athlone, 11 November 2010, 2010, pp1-11 Conference Paper, 2010

C O'Suilleabhain, LW Gill, BDR Misstear and PM Johnston, The fate of endocrine disrupting chemicals in percolating domestic wastewater effluent, Water and Environment Journal, 23, 2009, p110 - 118 Journal Article, 2009

Kuczynska A, Johnston PM & Misstear BDR , Groundwater-surface water interactions at a fen margin: hydrological controls on the micro-habitat of an indicator snail species Vertigo geyerii, Joint IAHS & IAH Convention JS.1 'Ecohydrology of Surface and Grounwater Dependent Systems: Concepts, Methods and recent Developments', Hyderabad, India, 6-12 Sept 2009, edited by Thoms M, Heal K, Bogh E, Chambel A. & Smakhtin V , IAHS Publication 328, 2009, pp151 - 160 Conference Paper, 2009

N. O'Luanaigh, P.M. Johnston, B.D.R Misstear, T. Patel and L.W. Gill, A comparative assessment of a conventional septic tank system and reed bed soil adsorption system receiving domestic wastewater effluent, Desalination and Water Treatment, 4, 2009, p43 - 53 Journal Article, 2009

B.D.R. Misstear, L. Brown and P. Johnston, Estimation of groundwater recharge in a major sand and gravel aquifer in Ireland using multiple approaches, Hydrogeology Journal, 17, (3), 2009, p693 - 706 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

BDR Misstear, L Brown and D Daly, A methodology for making initial estimates of groundwater recharge from groundwater vulnerability mapping, Hydrogeology Journal, 17, (2), 2009, p275 - 285 Journal Article, 2009 URL

L.W. Gill, B.D.R Misstear, P.M. Johnston and N. O'Luanaigh, Natural attenuation of endocrine disrupting chemicals in on-site domestic wastewater treatment systems, Journal of ASTM International, 6, (3), 2009, p1 - 13 Journal Article, 2009

Gill L.W., O'Luanaigh N.D., Johnston P.M., Misstear B.D.R., O' Suilleabhain C., Nutrient loading on subsoils from on-site wastewater effluent, comparing septic tank and secondary treatment systems, Water Research, 43, 2009, p2739 - 2749 Journal Article, 2009 DOI TARA - Full Text

L.W. Gill, C. O`Suilleabhain, B.D.R. Misstear, P.M. Johnston, T. Patel and N. O'Luanaigh, Nutrient loading on subsoils from on-site wastewater effluent, comparing septic tank and secondary effluent, Water Research, 43, 2009, p2739 - 2749 Journal Article, 2009

Gill L.W., Ô Luanaigh N., Patel T., Misstear B.D.R., Johnston P.M., On-site wastewater treatment: investigation of rapid percolating subsoils, reed beds and effluent distribution, STRIVE Report Series 28, 1-84095-311-4 , Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, September, 2009, p1 - 20 Report, 2009 URL

LW Gill, C O'Suilleabhain, BDR Misstear and PM Johnston, Comparison of stratified sand filters and percolation trenches for on-site wastewater treatment, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 135, (1), 2009, p8 - 16 Journal Article, 2009

Misstear, BDR & Brown, L, Water Framework Directive - Recharge and groundwater vulnerability, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, June, 2008, (STRIVE Report Nr 6), 1, 36 Report, 2008

L.W. Gill, C. O`Suilleabhain, B.D.R. Misstear, P.M. Johnston, T. Patel and N. O'Luanaigh, Nutrient loading on groundwater from the discharge of on-site domestic wastewater effluent into different subsoils in Ireland, Water Science & Technology, 57, (12), 2008, p1921 - 1926 Journal Article, 2008

BDR Misstear, L Brown and N Hunter Williams, Groundwater recharge to a fractured limestone aquifer overlain by glacial till, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 41, (4), 2008, p465 - 476 Journal Article, 2008

Estimating groundwater recharge in fractured bedrock aquifers in Ireland in, editor(s)J. Krasny and J. Sharp , Chapter 16 in: Groundwater in Fractured Rocks , Taylor & Francis, 2007, pp243 - 257, [B.D.R. Misstear and V.P. Fitzsimons] Book Chapter, 2007

LW Gill, C O'Suilleabhain, BDR Misstear and PJ Johnston, The treatment performance of different subsoils in Ireland receiving on-site wastewater effluent, Journal of Environmental Quality, 36, 2007, p1843 - 1855 Journal Article, 2007

O'Luanaigh N, Gill LW, Patel T, Johnston PJ & Misstear BDR, An assessment of the treatment performance of freely-draining subsoils and horizontal subsurface-flow reed bed systems and percolation trenches receiving domestic wastewater effluent, Second International Congress SmallWat07: Wastewater treatment in small communities, Seville, Spain, 11 to 15 Nov 2007, 2007, pp2A: 1-9 Conference Paper, 2007

V. Fitzsimons and B.D.R. Misstear, Estimating groundwater recharge through tills: a sensitivity analysis of soil moisture budgets and till properties in Ireland, Hydrogeology Journal, 14, (4), 2006, p548 - 561 Journal Article, 2006

BDR Misstear, D Banks & L Clark, Water wells and boreholes, London, John Wiley & Sons, 2006, 1 - 498pp Book, 2006

BM Broderick, UG Budd, BDR Misstear, SG Jennings and D Ceburnis, Air Pollution: Analysis of air dispersion models for Irish road conditions, Dublin, Environmental Protection Agency, 2006, (ISBN 1-84095-180-X) Report, 2006

L Gill, C O'Suilleabhain, P Johnston and BDR Misstear, An investigation into the performance of subsoils and stratified sand filters for the treatment of wastewater from on-site systems, Wexford, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2005, (ISBN: 1-84095-154-0) Report, 2005

B.M. Broderick, U.G. Budd, B.D. Misstear, D. Ceburnis and S.G. Jennings, Validation of Caline4 modelling for carbon monoxide concentration under free-flowing and congested traffic conditions in Ireland, International Journal of Environmental Pollution, 24, (1-4), 2005, p104 - 113 Journal Article, 2005

Misstear BDR and Brown L, Investigating the link between recharge and groundwater vulnerability, Where Waters Meet, Auckland, New Zealand, 28 Nov-2 Dec 2005, edited by Acworth RI , New Zealand Hydrological Society and IAH (Australia), 2005, pp12 Conference Paper, 2005

C. O'Súlleabháin, B.D.R Misstear, P.J. Johnston and L.W.Gill, The attenuation capacity of different subsoils in Ireland receiving domestic wastewater effluent, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on 'Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Recycling (IWA), Freemantle, Australia, 11-13 February, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

L.W.Gill, C. O'Súlleabháin, B.D.R Misstear and P.J. Johnston, A comparison of stratified sand filters and percolation trenches for the treatment of domestic wastewater effluent, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on 'Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Recycling (IWA), Freemantle, Australia, 11-13 February, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

B.M. Broderick, U.G. Budd and B.D. Misstear, Validation of CALINE4 for CO and NO2 concentrations by an Irish motorway, Proc. 12th Symposium 'Transport and Air Pollution', Avignon, France, 16-18 June, edited by R. Joumard , 2003, pp69 - 74 Conference Paper, 2003

B.D.R. Misstear and V. Fitzsimons, Groundwater recharge estimation in data-scarce fractured rock aquifers: examples from Ireland, Proc .of the International Conference on 'Groundwater in Fractured Rocks', IHP-VI Series on Groundwater Nr 7, Prague, Czech Republic, 15-19 September, edited by J. Krasny, Z. Hrkal and J. Bruthans , 2003, pp157 - 158 Conference Paper, 2003

E.R. Farrell, B.D.R. Missstear and T.L.L. Orr, Permeability of well graded tills, Proc. XIII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Prague, August, edited by Vanicek et al. , 2003, pp76- Conference Paper, 2003

M. Swartz, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly and E.R. Farrell, Assessing subsoil permeability for groundwater vulnerability, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 36, (2), 2003, p173 - 184 Journal Article, 2003

B.M. Broderick, U.G. Budd, B.D. Misstear, S.G. Jennings and D. Ceburnis, CALINE4 modelling at motorway and roundabout sites in Ireland, Proc. 1st Symposium 'Environment and Transport', Avignon, France, 19-20 June, edited by R. Joumard , 2003, pp203 - 209 Conference Paper, 2003

B.D.R. Misstear and D. Daly, Issues for long-term groundwater protection, Proc. XXXII International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress 'Groundwater and human development', Argentina, 21-25 October, edited by E. Bocanegra, D. Martinez and H. Massone., Mar del Plata , 2002, pp1702 - 1708 Conference Paper, 2002

B.D.R. Misstear, B.M. Broderick, I. Marnane, S.G. Jennings and C. Junker, Optimal monitoring of air quality in the vicinity of point sources, Final Report, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2001, (ISBN 1-84095-040-4) Report, 2001

B.D.R. Misstear, B.M. Broderick, I. Marnane, S.G. Jennings and C. Junker, Optimal monitoring of air quality in the vicinity of point sources, Synthesis Report, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2001, (ISBN 1-84095-057-9) Report, 2001

B.D.R. Misstear, The value of simple equilibrium approximations for analysing pumping test data, Hydrogeology Journal, 9, (2), 2001, p125 - 126 Journal Article, 2001

BDR Misstear and S Beeson, Using operational data to estimate the reliable yields of water-supply wells, Hydrogeology Journal, 8, (2), 2000, p177 - 187 Journal Article, 2000

B.D.R. Misstear and S. Beeson, Estimating the reliable output of wells, Proc. XXX International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress 'Groundwater: Past achievements and future challenges', Capetown, South Africa, 26 Nov -1 Dec, 2000, pp231 - 234 Conference Paper, 2000

N.S. Robins & B.D.R. Misstear, Groundwater in the Celtic regions: Studies in hard rock and Quaternary hydrogeology, London, Geological Society, 2000, 1 - 273pp Book, 2000

Groundwater in the Celtic regions in, editor(s)N.S. Robins & B.D.R. Misstear , Studies in hard rock and Quaternary hydrogeology, Geological Society Special Publication 182, London, Geological Society, 2000, pp5 - 17, [N. S. Robins and B. D. R. Misstear] Book Chapter, 2000

Groundwater protection in a Celtic region: the Irish example in, editor(s)N. S. Robins and B. D. R. Misstear , Groundwater in the Celtic regions: Studies in hard rock and karst hydrogeology, London, Geological Society Special Publication 182, 2000, pp53 - 65, [B. D. R. Misstear and D. Daly] Book Chapter, 2000

M Swartz, BDR Misstear and ER Farrell, The permeability characteristics of Irish tills, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, 123, 2000, p8 - 16 Journal Article, 2000

M. Swartz, B.D.R. Misstear, E.R. Farrell, D. Daly and J. Deakin, The role of subsoil permeability in groundwater vulnerability assessment, Proc. XXIX International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress "Hydrogeology and land use management", Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-10 September, edited by M. Fendekova and M. Fendek , 1999, pp523 - 528 Conference Paper, 1999

M. Lee, B.D.R. Misstear, P.M. Johnston and D. Daly, Surface water hydrology and vegetation as secondary indicators of groundwater vulnerability, Proc. XXIX International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress "Hydrogeology and land use management", Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-10 September, edited by M. Fendekova and M. Fendek , 1999, pp443 - 448 Conference Paper, 1999

P.K. Bishop, B.D.R. Misstear, M. White and N.J. Harding, Impacts of sewers on groundwater quality, J. C. Instn. Wat. & Envir. Mangt., 12, (3), 1998, p216 - 223 Journal Article, 1998

Detection of point sources of contamination by chlorinated solvents: a case study from the Chalk aquifer of Eastern England in, editor(s)J. Mather, D. Banks, S. Dumbleton and M. Fermor , Groundwater Contaminants and their Migration, London, Geological Society Special Publication 128, 1998, pp217 - 228, [B.D.R. Misstear, P.W. Rippon and R.P. Ashley] Book Chapter, 1998

The risk concept as a basis of a national groundwater protection scheme in Ireland in, editor(s)J. Van Brahana et al. , Gambling with groundwater - physical, chemical, and biological aspects of aquifer-stream relations, St Paul, Minnesota, American Institute of Hydrology Publishers, 1998, pp213 - 218, [B.D.R. Misstear, P. Johnston and D. Daly] Book Chapter, 1998

Groundwater pollution by chlorinated solvents: the landmark Cambridge Water Company case in, editor(s)J. mather, D. Banks, S. Dumbleton & M. Fermor , Groundwater contaminants and their migration, London, Geological Society, 1998, pp201 - 225, [B.D.R. Misstear, R.P. Ashley & A.R. Lawrence] Book Chapter, 1998

M.E.D. White, H.L. Johnson, G. Anderson and B.D.R. Misstear, Control of infiltration to sewers, CIRIA Report 175, London, 1997, (ISBN 0-86017-474-3) Report, 1997

Groundwater contamination from sewers: Experience from Britain and Ireland in, editor(s)J. Chilton et al. , Groundwater in the urban environment, Vol. 1: Problems, Processes and Management, Rotterdam, A.A Balkema Publishers, 1997, pp491 - 496, [B.D.R. Misstear and P.K. Bishop] Book Chapter, 1997

S. Beeson, B.D.R. Misstear and J.J. van Wonderen, Assessing the reliable outputs of groundwater sources, J. C. Instn. Wat. & Envir. Mangt., 11, (4), 1997, p295 - 304 Journal Article, 1997

B. Misstear, P. Bishop, M.E.D. White and G. Anderson, Reliability of sewers in environmentally vulnerable areas, CIRIA Project Report 44, London, 1996 Report, 1996

P. Howsam, B.D.R. Misstear and C.R.C. Jones, Monitoring, maintenance and rehabilitation of water supply boreholes, CIRIA Report 137, London, 1995, (ISBN 0-86017-417-4) Report, 1995

S. Beeson, J.J. van Wonderen and B.D.R. Misstear, A methodology for the determination of outputs of groundwater sources, London, UK Water Industry Research, 1995 Report, 1995

D. Daly, J.W. Lloyd, B.D.R. Misstear and E.P. Daly, Fault control of groundwater flow and hydrochemistry in the aquifer system of the Castlecomer Plateau, Ireland, Quart. J. Eng. Geol., 13, 1980, p167 - 175 Journal Article, 1980

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Misstear, B.D.R., Diffuse pollution: The importance of understanding hydrological and hydrogeological pathways., IWA conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management, Dublin City University, 25th October, 2016, International Water Association Invited Talk, 2016

Flynn R. Misstear B.D.R and Deakin J. , Winter land use restrictions: Can they make a difference to water quality?, EPA Catchments Newsletter,, 2, 2016, p15 - 16 Review Article, 2016

Misstear B.D.R., Water well guidelines: Considerations regarding large public and small private well supplies., Groundwater: Back to the Future, Rome, 13-18 September , 2015, International Association of Hydrogeologists Invited Talk, 2015

BDR Misstear, Water, but not on the brain, Geoscientist, 23, (1), 2013, p9 - 9 Journal Article, 2013

K. Tedd, C. Coxon, D, Daly, M. Craig and B.D.R. Misstear, Spatial analysis of groundwater monitoring data in Ireland, International Association of Hydrogeologists 39th Congress: Confronting Global Change, Niagara Falls, Canada, 16-21 September 2012, edited by K. Howard & R. Gerber , 2012, pp152 - 152 Meeting Abstract, 2012

B. Misstear, Whither hydrogeology education?, Groundwater Newsletter, 50, 2012, p24 - 25 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill and R.Flynn, Quantifying the hydrological pathways along which contaminants are transferred to inform a Catchment Modelling Tool for Irish catchments, 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities in the next decade, Cork, 6-8 April 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

A. Orr, M. Archbold, J. Deakin, J, Nitsche, U. Ofterdinger, B.D.R. Misstear and R.Flynn, A comparison of the stratification of nitrogen in groundwater in catchments underlain by a productive and poorly productive aquifer, Catchment Science 2011, Dublin, 14-16 September 2011, Teagasc/Defra, 2011, pp90 - 90 Conference Paper, 2011

R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill and R.Flynn, Simulating flow pathways in Irish catchments using a lumped and semi-distributed modelling approach, HydroEco2011: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology: Ecosystems, Vienna, 2-5 May 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Tedd, K., Misstear, B., Coxon, C., Daly, D., Hunter Williams, T., Craig, M. & Mannix, A., A review of groundwater levels in the south-east of Ireland, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 106pp Report, 2011 URL

R. Borland, M.J. Gorman, B.D.R. Misstear and J. Withers, Surface tension: The future of water, Dublin, 978-0-95589574-6, Science Gallery, 2011, 1 - 106pp Book, 2011

R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill, P. Johnston and R.Flynn, Modelling flows along pollutant pathways in Irish catchments, Catchment Science 2011, Dublin, Teagasc/Defra, 2011, pp92 - 92 Conference Paper, 2011

Misstear BDR, The UK Groundwater Modelling Forum, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, (47), 2009, p29 - 30 Journal Article, 2009

Misstear BDR, Groundwater or Ground Water?, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, (47), 2009, p22 - 22 Journal Article, 2009

Misstear BDR, Daly D & Brown L, Groundwater recharge and its relationship to river flow in Ireland, Irish National Hydrology Conference 2009 : Innovative Approaches in Hydrology - Putting Research into Practice , Tullamore, 10 November 2009, 2009, pp1-1 - 1-11 Conference Paper, 2009

P.D. Hynds and B.D.R. Misstear, An investigation of the health risks associated with private rural well schemes in Ireland, Cryptosporidium Research Network Newsletter, 2007, pp4 - 5 Meeting Abstract, 2007

BDR Misstear and L Brown, Estimating recharge coefficients from groundwater vulnerability, XXXV International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress 'Groundwater and Ecosystems', Lisbon, 17-21 September 2007, edited by L Ribeiro, A Chambel and MT Condesso de Melo , 2007, pp78: 1-11 Conference Paper, 2007

O'Luanaigh, ND, Misstear BDR, Johnston PJ, Gill LW, The Efficacy and Sustainability of Reed Bed Treatment Systems for On-Site Wastewater Treatment in Ireland, Environ2007 Conference - 17th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Carlow IT, 28-29 January 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

O'Luanaigh N, Gill LW, Patel T, Johnston PJ & Misstear BDR, A comparison of subsurface-flow reed bed systems and percolation trenches for the treatment of domestic wastewater effluent , Proceedings of the 11th National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems (ASABE), Warwick, Rhode Island, 20-24 Oct 2007, 2007, ppIV: 1-9 Conference Paper, 2007

BDR Misstear and D Banks, Groundwater monitoring: The importance of setting clear monitoring objectives based on an appreciation of the hydrogeology, Proc 26th Annual Conference IAH (Irish Group) 'Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and Groundwater Monitoring', Tullamore, 25-26 April 2006, 2006, pp4:1 - 4:10 Conference Paper, 2006

R Ganguly, U Budd, BM Broderick and BDR Misstear, Applicability of a screening model at motorway and roundabout sites in Ireland, 9th World Congress on Environmental Health, Dublin, 18-23 June 2006, 2006, pp1 - 15 Conference Paper, 2006

O'Súlleabháin C., Misstear B.D.R, Johnston P.J., Gill L.W. , The attenuation capacity of different subsoils in Ireland receiving domestic wastewater effluent, Environ2005 Conference - 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Sligo, Ireland, 28-30 January 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

B.D.R Misstear, L. Brown & T. Hunter-Williams, The Knockatallon aquifer in County Monaghan: A bedrock aquifer under significant stress from pumping, Proc. 25th Annual Groundwater Seminar on 'Groundwater in Ireland', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Tullamore, 19-20 April 2005, 2005, pp41 - 48 Conference Paper, 2005

Gill L.W., O'Súlleabháin C., Misstear B.D.R., Johnston P.J., A comparison of stratified sand filters and percolation trenches for on-site wastewater treatment, Environ2005 Conference - 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Sligo, Ireland, 28-30 January 2005 , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

B.M. Broderick, U.G. Budd, B.D. Misstear, D. Ceburnis and S.G. Jennings, Modelling CO concentrations under free-flowing and congested traffic conditions in Ireland, Proc. 9th International Conference on 'Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 1-4 June, edited by P Suppan , 2004, pp18 - 22 Conference Paper, 2004

Civil engineering education in the Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)I. Manoliu , Civil engineering education in Europe - 2004, Bucharest, Romania, Independent Film, 2004, pp64 - 66, [B.D.R. Misstear] Book Chapter, 2004

B.D. Misstear, Irish hydrogeology and third-level education, Proc. 23rd annual groundwater seminar on 'Groundwater: its stakeholders', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Tullamore, 29-30 April, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

B.D.R. Misstear and N.S. Robins, Celtic groundwater: current pressures and future responses, Proc. of the Third Inter-Celtic Colloquium on Hydrology and Management of Water Resources 'Celtic Water in a European Framework', Galway, 8-10 July, 2002, pp16 - 23 Conference Paper, 2002

U.G. Budd, B.M. Broderick, B.D.R. Misstear and A.W. Reynolds, Dispersion modelling of emissions from road transport in Ireland, Proc. of the Univ. Transp. Study Group 34th annual conference, Edinburgh, 3-5 January, 69, 2002, pp1 - 12 Conference Paper, 2002

D. Daly and B.D.R. Misstear, The groundwater protection scheme in Ireland: a risk-based tool for effective land-use planning, Proc. of the international conference 'Protecting Groundwater', Birmingham, UK, 4-5 October, 2001, pp134 - 146 Conference Paper, 2001

V. P. Fitzsimons, G. R. Wright, D. Daly, B. D. R. Misstear, P. Duggan & T. Walsh, Guidelines for the delineation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones for groundwaters affected by nitrate contamination from agricultural sources , Dublin, Geological Survey of Ireland, 2001 Report, 2001

B.D.R. Misstear, Groundwater recharge assessment: a key component of river basin management, Proc. National Hydrology Seminar on River Basin Management (Irish National Committees of the International Hydrology Programme and the International Committee for Irrigation and Drainage), Tullamore, 21 November, 2000, pp52 - 59 Conference Paper, 2000

G. Wright, B.D.R. Misstear, V. Gallagher, D. O'Suilleabhain and P. O'Connor, Avoca mines: uncontrolled acid mine drainage in Ireland, Proc. International Congress of the International Mine Water Association 'Mine, Water and Environment for the 21st Century: Mine/Quarry Waste Disposal and Closure', Sevilla, Spain, 13-17 September, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

B.D.R. Misstear, Groundwater and surface water: exploiting a combined resource, Proc. 19th annual groundwater seminar on 'Groundwater and surface water: a combined resource', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 20-21 April, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

D. Keating, B. Broderick and B.D.R. Misstear, Analysis of air quality data from an urban roadside location in Dublin, Proc. 8th international symposium on 'Transport and air pollution', Sturm, Graz, Austria, 31/05 - 02/06, 1999, pp9 - 16 Conference Paper, 1999

M. Lee, B.D.R. Misstear, P. Johnston and D. Daly, The use of drainage and runoff in groundwater vulnerability mapping, Proc. 19th annual groundwater seminar on 'Groundwater and surface water: a combined resource', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 20-21 April, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

I. Marnane, D. Keating, B. Broderick and B.D.R. Misstear, On-line monitoring of air pollution concentrations due to vehicular emissions in Dublin, Proc. of UTSG Conference, Dublin, 5-7 January, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

BDR Misstear, The Logan method for analysing pumping test data, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, 34, 1998, p10 - 11 Journal Article, 1998

D. Keating, I. Marnane, B.D.R. Misstear & B. Broderick, An advanced air pollution monitoring system, Engineers Journal, 52, (3), 1998, p47 - 49 Journal Article, 1998

B.D.R. Misstear and S.H. Perry, Teaching management skills to engineering undergraduates - the Trinity experience, Portland international conference on management of engineering and technology 'Innovation in technology management', Portland, 27-31 July, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

D. O'Suilleabhain, B.D.R. Misstear, G. Wright and P. O'Connor], The hydrogeology of Avoca Mines, Proc. 17th annual groundwater seminar on 'Soil and groundwater contamination and remediation', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 22-23 April, 1997, pp61 - 66 Conference Paper, 1997

B.D.R. Misstear and D. Daly, Groundwater quality and the development of an aquifer protection policy in Ireland, Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Water and Environmental Engineering Section, Dublin, 24 March, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

B.D.R. Misstear and D. Daly, Protecting groundwater against pollution, Engineers Journal, 51, (8), 1997, p24 - 29 Journal Article, 1997

P. Johnston and B.D.R. Misstear, Non-aqueous phase liquids: investigation and remediation, Proc. 17th annual groundwater seminar on 'Soil and groundwater contamination and remediation', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 22-23 April, 1997, pp23 - 32 Conference Paper, 1997

B.D.R. Misstear, S. Beeson and J.J. van Wonderen, Estimating the reliable outputs of water wells, Proc. 16th annual groundwater seminar on 'Water wells: drilling, design, construction, operation and maintenance', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 23-24 April, 1996, pp35 - 44 Conference Paper, 1996

B.D.R. Misstear and P.K. Bishop, Implications of sewer development on groundwater quality, Proc. 15th annual groundwater seminar on 'The role of groundwater in sustainable development', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 25-26 April, 1995 Conference Paper, 1995

B.D.R. Misstear and P.K. Bishop, Groundwater contamination from leaking sewers, Proc. fourth annual conference on groundwater pollution, London, 15-16 March, 1995 Conference Paper, 1995

B.D.R. Misstear and R.P. Ashley, Civil liability for groundwater pollution: the Cambridge Water Case and its implications, Proc. 14th annual groundwater seminar on 'Water pollution - law, practice and planning', International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Portlaoise, 19 April, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

B.D.R. Misstear and R.P. Ashley, Practical aspects of collecting hydrogeological evidence: a solvent pollution case in Cambridgeshire and its implications, Proc. conference on groundwater pollution, London, 16-17 March, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

B.D.R. Misstear, Hydrogeological surveys, Proc. conference on private borehole water for industry, Oxford, 28 February, 1991, pp14 - 24 Conference Paper, 1991

L. Clark, L. Martin, B.D.R. Misstear and A. Porteous, Pollution problems in Czechoslovakia: report on an OSTEMS mission, Medmenham, 3-9 November, 1991, (Water Research Centre Report No. CO 2996) Report, 1991

R.P. Ashley and B.D.R. Misstear, Industrial development: the threat to groundwater quality, Institution of Water and Environmental Management, East Anglian Branch, Cambridge, 16 May, 1990 Conference Paper, 1990

M. Burley, B.D.R. Misstear, R.P. Ashley, J. Ferry and P. Banfield, Groundwater pollution by volatile organic solvents: source identification and water treatment, International conference on advances in water treatment and environmental management, Lyon, 27-29 June, 1990 Conference Paper, 1990

B.D.R. Misstear, E.P. Daly, D. Daly and J.W. Lloyd, The groundwater resources of the Castlecomer Plateau. Geological Survey of Ireland Report Series RS 80/3, Dublin, 1980 Report, 1980

Research Expertise

Description

. Groundwater vulnerability and contamination . Recharge and reliable yields of groundwater sources . Air pollution monitoring and evaluation.

Projects

  • Title
    • iCRAG
  • Summary
    • Impacts of climate change on groundwater recharge in fractured rock aquifers. This is part of the major SFI-funded Irish applied geosciences (iCRAG) research programme
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 1/9/2015
  • Date To
    • 30/8/2019
  • Title
    • Assessing, modelling and managing water and contaminant movement along pathways, from the land surface to aquatic receptors
  • Summary
    • The research will improve our knowledge of over-ground and underground pathways from both diffuse and point pollution sources to receiving water bodies, by examining flow, transport and attenuation processes. Modelling of these pathways is a key objective, enabling the development of a catchment management tool. Project partners are Queen's University Belfast and UCD.
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • July 2008
  • Date To
    • June 2014
  • Title
    • Air quality modelling fellowship
  • Summary
    • Supervisor of research fellow (Dr Aoife Donnelly) responsible for the preparation of an air quality forecasting model for Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • February 2013
  • Date To
    • July 2015
  • Title
    • The impacts of domestic wastewater treatment systems on private wells and rivers
  • Summary
    • The aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of DWWTS effluent as a health hazard to consumers of groundwater from private wells and also a source of nutrient water pollution to surface water in small catchments. The main pollutants being studied are microbial pathogens and phosphorus. The research includes identifying an appropriate fingerprinting technique in order to track effluent contamination in both surface and groundwater.
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • April 2013
  • Date To
    • March 2016
  • Title
    • Water is Life
  • Summary
    • Project includes doctoral research concerned with sustainable groundwater development in Uganda. This aspect involves an assessment of the effectiveness of improved well sources in an area of southwest Uganda, together with preparation of a catchment water balance and modeling of potential impacts of changing climate on water sources. The wider project involves 7 Irish third level institutions (including TCD), plus Makerere University in Kampala, and is being led by Dundalk IT.
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA / Irish Aid
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Groundwater monitoring in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Co-supervisor of research fellowship analysing groundwater level and groundwater quality data in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Date From
    • July 2008
  • Date To
    • June 2012
  • Title
    • Hydraulic performance of subsoils
  • Summary
    • Hydrogeological researcher on 3 EPA projects to establish the hydraulic performance and efficiencies of different subsoils and the effectiveness of alternative secondary systems for treating effluent from single houses. The current project (2011-2014) is investigating treatment performance and options (including willow beds) in areas with poor soil drainage characteristics.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2001 (First project)
  • Date To
    • 2014 (Current project)
  • Title
    • Background air quality
  • Summary
    • Previous research indicated that the accuracy of air quality model predictions is strongly influenced by assumptions made about background air quality. This research included an assessment of diurnal and seasonal variations in the background concentrations of air pollutants such as PM10, NOx and CO, back trajectory modelling of air mass history and development of guidelines for estimating background concentrations of air pollutants for a range of Irish conditions.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • Oct 2007
  • Date To
    • March 2011
  • Title
    • Investigating links between particulate air pollution, commuter choice and health
  • Summary
    • This research is being carried out as part of the PRTLI 4 cooperative research programme. The exposure to particulate polltion is being monitored amongst volunteer commuters in association with their heart rate variability.
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA
  • Date From
    • Sept 2010
  • Date To
    • Aug 2013
  • Title
    • Investigation into the health risks associated with private rural well schemes in Ireland
  • Summary
    • There are over 100,000 private wells in Ireland, many of which are poorly located or poorly constructed. The aim of the research was to quantify health risks associated with private well supplies, and also to explore the awareness amongst consumers of the links between water and health. The research included the development of a source susceptibility predictive model.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • April 2006
  • Date To
    • Sept 2011
  • Title
    • Recharge and vulnerability
  • Summary
    • Co-ordinator of research project for the Environmental Protection Agency that developed a quantified link between groundwater recharge and vulnerability in Ireland. The project included the investigation of groundwater recharge in four areas with contrasting groundwater vulnerability - Tydavnet (Monaghan), Curragh (Kildare) and Galmoy and Bennetsbridge (Kilkenny).
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • Validation of air dispersion models for the road transport sector in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Co-ordinator of research project for the EPA, concerned with validation of air pollution dispersion modelling for the road transport sector under Irish conditions. Project included monitoring of air polltants at a free-flowing motorway site (near Leixlip) and an interupted-flow roundabout site in Galway. The two models mainly applied were the DMRB and CALINE4 air dispersion models. The results have been published by the EPA in a synthesis report.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2000
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • Groundwater vulnerability research
  • Summary
    • Supervisor of a project with the Geological Survey of Ireland that developed procedures for assessing groundwater vulnerability in Ireland. This included the introduction of secondary indicators of groundwater vulnerability, such as surface drainage density and vegetation characteristics.
  • Funding Agency
    • Geological Survey of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 1997
  • Date To
    • 1999
  • Title
    • Optimal monitoring of air quality in the vicinity of point sources
  • Summary
    • Co-ordinator of an EU-funded project for the EPA concerned with optimal monitoring of air quality in the vicinity of point sources. Project included monitoring and dispersion modelling of air pollutants near a peat-powered fired power station and a manufacturing site in the Irish midlands.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 1998
  • Date To
    • 2001
  • Title
    • Reliability of sewers in environmentally sensitive areas / Control of infiltration to sewers
  • Summary
    • Two research projects for the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) concerned with sewer exfiltration and infiltration, respectively.
  • Funding Agency
    • CIRIA
  • Date From
    • 1994
  • Date To
    • 1997
  • Title
    • Source reliable output study
  • Summary
    • Development of a methodology for estimating reliable outputs of groundwater supply sources. This project was carried out for UK Water Industry Research, and the methodology was adopted in the 1996 DoE report 'Water Resources and Supply: Agenda and Action'. A journal paper based on this work won the best paper of the year award from Mott MacDonald.
  • Funding Agency
    • UK Water Industry Research
  • Date From
    • 1994
  • Date To
    • 1995

Keywords

Air pollution monitoring and assessment; Groundwater engineering; Groundwater recharge; Groundwater vulnerability and contamination

Recognition

Representations

Secretary General International Association of Hydrogeologists 2016-2020

Vice President (Finance and Membership) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. 2012-2016

Associate Editor Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology 2007 to present

Member of the Scientific Committee of the 44th congress of the Intenrational Association of Hydrogeologists, Dubrovnik 2017

Member of the Scientific Committee for the 42nd Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Rome, September 2015 2015

Member of the Scientific Committee for the 39th congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Niagara Falls, Canada, September 2012. 2012

Associate Editor of the Hydrogeology Journal 1999 - 2003

Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Water Association conference, Dublin May 2012

Advisor to the EPA at the Oral Hearing in connection with a proposed landfill in County Fingal 2008-2009

Member of the Irish National Committees of the International Hydrological programme and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage 2003 - present

Member of the Scientific Committee for the 34th WEDC international conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. May 2009

Member of the Scientific Committee for the 35th WEDC international conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Loughborough, UK July 2011

Independent chairman of the Groundwater Monitoring Committee concerned with potential impacts of the Kildare bypass on the hydrology of Pollardstown fen 2000 - 2003

Member of the committee of the Water and Environmental Engineering Section of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland 1996 - 2002

Secretary of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group) 1996 - 1999

Member of the organising committee for the Int. Conference on Groundwater: Drought, Pollution and Management, Brighton 1994

Member of the UK Groundwater Forum 1994

Chairman of the steering committee for the Int. Groundwater Conference, Cranfield 1990

Member of the EPA/GSI working group on the groundwater protection response for landspreading. 2002 - 2006

Member of the Hydrogeological Group Committee of the Geological Society of London 1987-1990

Advisor to the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) on the preparation of guidelines for delineating Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. 2000-2001

Advisor to the EPA on the proposed Oral Hearing in connection with the proposed decision on a waste licence for a landfill at Silvermines, Tipperary (NR) 2000

Advisor on EPA project concerned with guideline and intervention values for the protection of groundwater in Ireland. 1999-2000

Member of EU thematic network on Civil Engineering education in Europe (EUCEET I and II Programmes) 1999-2004

Assessor to An Bord Pleanála for the planning appeal in connection with the proposed development of a landfill facility at Mulhuddart, Co. Fingal. 1995-1996

Supervisor of the hydrogeological aspects of the Avoca Mine Site Characterisation Study carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of the Avoca/Avonmore Catchment Conversion Project (EC Life Programme) 1995-1996

External reviewer for the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board for a proposed remediation strategy for the Avoca mines area 2003

Advisor on a contaminated land investigation at a Dockland site in Dublin 1998

Awards and Honours

Elected Secretary General of the International Association of Hydrogeologists 2016

Elected Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists September 2012

Gave opening keynote paper at GEOFLUID groundwater meeting, Piacenza, Italy 5 October 2012

Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2009

Winner of the IEI Geotechnical prize 2000

Water and Environment Journal paper commendation 2010

Memberships

Fellow of the Geological Society 1976 – present

Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists 1986 – present

Member of Institution of Engineers of Ireland 1995 – present

Member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland 2009 – present