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Jean Wilson



B.A., M.A., HDip RS&GIS (Maynooth University), Ph.D. (TCD)

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Department of Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 896 1051

I am currently co-PI on the EPA STRIVE funded project “Analysis of grasslands and associated management practices and potential impact on GHG emissions and removals” (2015-CCRP-FS.22). The goal of this 2 year fellowship is to develop GIS and remote sensing tools that can evaluate spatial and temporal changes to grassland area and associated grassland management practices at the field scale (LPIS). Despite the fact that grassland is the dominant land use category in Ireland insufficient data exists at present to fully assess the dynamics of grasslands vis-à-vis land management changes, both in terms of activity data and land-use factors. This is important since changes in grassland management practices have the potential to transition a parcel of grassland from a carbon sink to a carbon source and vice versa.  The information gap with respect to grassland management practices must be addressed so that Ireland can develop appropriate actions to limit or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions so as to achieve non-ETS 2030 GHG emissions reduction targets, as specified under the new EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework; which now integrates contributions from the land use sector.
This research also seeks to address the deficiency in detail within the current reporting for grassland classes in order to enhance the recognition and reporting of established and changing patterns of land management. Refining the use of remotely sensed data to identify grassland management practices completed as part of this research will provide information which can potentially contribute to reducing the uncertainties associated with the estimation of GHG emission dynamics from this land use class.
I have been co-PI and project coordinator on two previous medium scale EPA STRIVE funded projects respectively (2012-W-MS-13 and 2008-FS-W-4-S5) where I developed novel methodologies in the application of thermal remote sensing and geochemical tracing techniques for localizing and assessing groundwater discharge to lakes and coastal waters in Ireland.


Wilson, J., Coxon, C. and Rocha, C. (2016) A GIS and remote sensing based screening tool for assessing the potential for groundwater discharge to lakes in Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. DOI: 10.3318/BIOE.2016.15
Wilson, J. & Rocha, C. (2016) A combined remote sensing and multi-tracer approach for localising and assessing groundwater-lake interactions. Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 44, 195-204.
Wilson, J., Rocha, C. and Coxon, C. (2016) Combining earth observation and geochemical tracing techniques for groundwater detection and evaluation in Ireland. Report No. 172, Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.
Wilson, J. and Rocha C. (2015) Using GIS and Natural Tracers to Evaluate Groundwater Discharge to Lakes. Proceedings of the 35th IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference, Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 21st – 22nd April.
Rocha, C., Veiga-Pires, C., Scholten, J., Knoeller, K., Gröcke, D.R., Carvalho, L., Anibal, J. and Wilson, J. (2016) Assessing land-ocean connectivity via submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in the Ria Formosa Lagoon (Portugal): combining radon measurements and stable isotope hydrology. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20(8), 3077-3098.
Rocha, C., Wilson, J., Scholten, J. and Schubert, M. (2015) Retention and fate of groundwater borne nitrogen in a coastal bay (Kinvara Bay, Western Ireland) during summer. Biogeochemistry, 125(2), 275 – 299.
Wilson, J. and Rocha, C. (2013) Developing Remote Sensing as a Tool for Detection, Quantification and Evaluation of Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) to Irish Coastal Waters. EPA STRIVE Report Series No. 112. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford.
Wilson, J. & Rocha, C. (2012) Regional-scale assessment of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in Ireland combining satellite imagery and geochemical tracing techniques. Remote Sensing of Environment 119, 21-34.

Last updated 30 June 2017