Tellus Airborne Survey Enters New Phase

Lake surrounded by forest
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5 June 2019

The Geological Survey of Ireland announced a new phase to the Tellus Airborne Survey programme

The Tellus survey is a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data across Ireland in other words, to examine the chemical and physical properties of our soil, rocks and water. Two gather this information the survey uses both airborne and ground surveying machinery.

The programme has previously surveyed Northern Ireland, the border region, the north and eastern midlands, and the west. This new phase will focus on surveying Limerick, North Tipperary, and west Cork. The Tellus Survey aims to have 75% of Ireland mapped by 2020, with the resulting data having the potential to deliver positive economic, environmental and agricultural benefits by helping to assist in understanding the local environment, soil management and natural resource potential of the areas surveyed.

Speaking about the launch of the new phase Dr James Hodgson, Senior Geologist and Project Manager for Tellus, said:

"I am pleased to see the Tellus Survey programme launch into a new phase, gathering data across south east Ireland. The Tellus Survey is an important project which continues to provide us with significant data that will offer us valuable insights about the makeup of Ireland. As we start this new phase, I also want to thank the local community in counties Limerick, Tipperary and west Cork for their support while we surveyed the area over the last few months and encourage anyone in the south east of Ireland who has concerns regarding sensitive livestock to reach out to us on the Freephone Information line 1800 45 55 65."

To learn more about the Tellus Survey, or to see the data that has been collected so far, visit their website.

To view the official press release click here.

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