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Foreshore Licensing and Process

The foreshore is the seabed and shore below the line of high water of ordinary or medium tides and extends outwards to the limit of twelve nautical miles (approximately 22 to 24 km).

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Marine Environment

The Marine Institute undertake marine environment data collection activities include seabed habitats, benthos, noise and water quality of interest to the renewable marine energy sector.

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Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

The Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) which was published in February 2014 identifies the opportunity for the sustainable development of Ireland’s abundant offshore renewable energy resources.

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Marine Energy Resource

Ireland's offshore marine energy resource is considered substantial by European standards and there is significant potential in harnessing these resources to generate electricity. 

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Seabed Mapping

Over 83% of Ireland's designated shelf area has been mapped to date, resulting in one of the largest resources of multibeam bathymetric data in the world. 

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    Foreshore Licensing and Process

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    Marine Environment

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    Offshore Renewable Energy

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    Marine Energy Resource

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    Seabed Mapping

Foreshore Licensing

Foreshore Licensing image

Beach and waves.

Remote Operated Vehicle for seabed habitat - ROV Holland

Remote Operated Vehicle for seabed habitat - ROV Holland image

The ROV Holland is a remote operated vehicle platform for capturing underwater tv footage of the seabed habitat that can be utilited by ocean energy developers and researchers to ascertain the type of seabed the marine energy conversion device may be situated in.

Ireland's Marine Atlas

Ireland's Marine Atlas image

Ireland's Marine Atlas is a one stop shop web map viewer providing access to data on the marine environment of interest to the marine renewable energy community in terms of site analysis and developing proposals requiring environmental assessments.

The Real Map of Ireland

The Real Map of Ireland image

The Real Map of Ireland shows Ireland's current designated Irish Continental Shelf (November 2009), which is one of the largest seabed territories in Europe. The continental shelf is the extension of a state's territorial waters where the natural prolongation of its land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin is beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline baseline. The coastal state exercises sovereign rights over the continental shelf for the purpose of exploring it and exploiting its natural resources, subject to provisions of Part VI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  

The Real Map of Ireland outlines the vast marine environment that surrounds Ireland in terms of marine renewable energy resource potential.

Marine Environment

Marine Environment image

Marine Environment

Marine Environment coast

Marine Environment coast image

Marine Environment coast

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Study Area

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Study Area image

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Study Area.        

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wave Resource

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wave Resource image

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wave Resource.    

Ireland's Offshore Territory Figure 2 OREDP

Ireland's Offshore Territory Figure 2 OREDP image

Ireland's offshore territory boundary for the Exclusive Economic Zone and designated Continental Shelf.

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wind Resource

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wind Resource image

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Wind Resource.    

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Tidal Resource

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Tidal Resource image

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind Development in Irish Waters Tidal Resource.    

OREDP

OREDP image

OREDP

Arklow Bank Windfarm

Arklow Bank Windfarm image

Arklow Bank wind farm from South beach.

Arklow Bank Wind Turbines

Arklow Bank Wind Turbines image

Arklow Bank Wind Turbines

European Wave Energy Atlas

European Wave Energy Atlas image

European Wave Energy Atlas average theoretical wave power in kW

SEAI Wind Atlas Mean Wind Speed at 50m height

SEAI Wind Atlas Mean Wind Speed at 50m height image

Offshore Mean Wind Speed maps measuring wind maps in metres per second recorded around the coast of Ireland.

SEAI Wind Atlas Offshore Mean Wind Speed at 75m height

SEAI Wind Atlas Offshore Mean Wind Speed at 75m height image

Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland offshore mean wind speed recorded at 75m heights.

SEAI Wind Atlas Offshore Mean Wind Speed at 100m height

SEAI Wind Atlas Offshore Mean Wind Speed at 100m height image

Sustainable Energy Authority Wind Atlas offshore mean wind speeds recorded at 100m heights.

Depth Averaged Peak Spring Tidal Currents around Ireland

Depth Averaged Peak Spring Tidal Currents around Ireland image

Map of tidal pattern around Ireland. The tidal currents are generally low along the west and south coasts, are relatively strong in the St George’s and North Channels and are moderate along much of the east coast. The current strengths are considerably influenced by the local bathymetry. One part of the flood travels up the west coast and around the north of Ireland, whilst the other part floods north up the Irish Sea. The tidal streams meet in the area of St John’s Point. A consequence of the way the tides flow around Ireland is that there is a phase difference in the times of high and low water along different parts of the coast.

Inishtrahull Sound Tidal Pattern

Inishtrahull Sound Tidal Pattern image

Tidal and Current Energy Resources report map of the tidal resource in Ireland at Inishtrahull Sound. Inishtrahull is located at the most northerly point of Ireland off Malin Head.

Codling and Arklow Banks Tidal Pattern Irish Sea

Codling and Arklow Banks Tidal Pattern Irish Sea image

SEAI Tidal and Current Resources report map of the tidal pattern in the Irish Sea in the Codling and Arklow Banks.

ESB WestWave Area Of High Potential Wave Resource

ESB WestWave Area Of High Potential Wave Resource image

Map of Ireland with areas of high potential wave energy resources as analysed by the ESB WestWave project.

Strangford Lough Tidal Turbine

Strangford Lough Tidal Turbine image

Strangford Lough tidal turbine device.

Cosantóir Bradain

Cosantóir Bradain image

Geological Survey Ireland's Cosantóir Bradain research vessel used in INFOMAR mapping programme.

RV Celtic Explorer

RV Celtic Explorer  image

Marine Institute's Celtic Explorer research vessel used during Irish National Seabed Survey and INFOMAR seabed survey mapping programmes.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Backcatter with Contours Overview Chart

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Backcatter with Contours Overview Chart  image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Mayo coast with regards to ground type for a wave energy test site and cable route using MBES and geophysical data.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Bathymetric Contour Overview Chart

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Bathymetric Contour Overview Chart image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Mayo coast with regards to ground type for a wave energy test site and cable route using MBES and geophysical data.

Atlantic Marine Test Energy Site Survey Seabed Classification Overview Chart

Atlantic Marine Test Energy Site Survey Seabed Classification Overview Chart image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Mayo coast with regards to ground type for a wave energy test site and cable route using MBES and geophysical data.

Atlantic Marine Test Energy Site Survey Overview Chart

Atlantic Marine Test Energy Site Survey Overview Chart image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Mayo coast with regards to ground type for a wave energy test site and cable route using MBES and geophysical data.

Clare Coast Backscatter Chart

Clare Coast Backscatter Chart image

o determine the suitability of an area off the Clare coast with regards to ground type for an ocean energy test site using MBES and geophysical data.

Clare Coast Shaded Relief Illumination North West

Clare Coast Shaded Relief Illumination North West image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Clare coast with regards to ground type for an ocean energy test site using MBES and geophysical data. Overview of Surveys on Potential Ocean Energy Site off the West Coast of Clare.

Galway Bay Backscatter Chart

Galway Bay Backscatter Chart image

Chart of INFOMAR backscatter (e.g. seafloor hardness) in Galway Bay.

Clare Coast Bathymetric Chart

Clare Coast Bathymetric Chart image

To determine the suitability of an area off the Clare coast with regards to ground type for an ocean energy test site using MBES and geophysical data.

Galway Bay Bathymetry Chart

Galway Bay Bathymetry Chart image

Chart of bathymetry (e.g. seafloor elevation) in Galway Bay.    

Galway Bay Shaded Relief

Galway Bay Shaded Relief image

Chart of shaded relief in Galway Bay.    

Galway Bay Acoustic Seabed Classification

Galway Bay Acoustic Seabed Classification image

Chart of Galway Bay acoustic seabed classification.    

Galway Bay coastal LIDAR contours

Galway Bay coastal LIDAR contours image

Galway Bay coastal LIDAR bathymetry contours.    

Galway Bay coastal LIDAR

Galway Bay coastal LIDAR image

INFOMAR coastal LIDAR data collection in Galway Bay.

RV Keary

RV Keary image

RV Keary research vessel.        

RV Celtic Voyager

RV Celtic Voyager image

Marine Institute's RV Celtic Voyager research vessel used during Irish National Seabed Survey and INFOMAR mapping programmes.    

RV Geo

RV Geo  image

Geological Survey Ireland's RV Geo seabed mapping research vessel for inshore areas.

Ireland's National Seabed Mapping Project: INSS and INFOMAR

Ireland's National Seabed Mapping Project: INSS and INFOMAR image

INFOMAR is the national programme to survey Ireland's seabed.  Products include a series of bathymetric and seabed substrate charts for coastal and offshore waters and these data, along with raw multibeam data, sample data and GIS data, are freely available to view and download.

Vibrocore

Vibrocore image

Core samples penetrate through the seabed and retain the vertical structure of the sediment. It can recover cores of 3 or 6 metres depending on the sediment type, with best penetration in fine grained sediments

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Day Grab

Day Grab image

The grab sampler is the most popular method of ground truthing used by the INFOMAR project. Grab samples are used to provide a cross reference to the seabed type classifications that are made from the MBES backscatter datasets.

Magnetics

Magnetics image

Magnetic and Gravity field data are acquired during surveys.

 

Sub-bottom data

Sub-bottom data image

Sparker and pinger sub-bottom profile datasets are acquired during survey activity and are delivered in various formats.

Habitat Map

Habitat Map image

 Collated habitat map for the Irish Designated Continental Shelf