Wetland Characterisation/Restoration

(Completed in Collaboration with Staatsbosbeheer, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service) 

Widespread reclamation of natural wetland environments over the past century has presented Environmental Engineers with a number of new inter-related challenges ranging from predicting the response of peat to drainage to the restoration of damaged wetland habitats.  The recent EU Habitat and Water Framework Directives stipulate that groundwater dependant wetlands should be protected from human activity.  Understanding the interactions between regional and wetland groundwater regimes is essential in order to develop appropriate wetland conservation and engineered restoration programmes.  This research examines the role played by groundwater in supporting wetlands and what type of conditions must be in place in order to protect threatened wetland environments and to restore areas damaged by human activity.

Engineered hydrological controls form a crucial aspect in many wetland restoration programmes
Engineered hydrological controls form a crucial aspect in many wetland restoration programmes

For further Information, please contact:

Dr Raymond Flynn
Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC)
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 4044
E-mail: r.flynn@qub.ac.uk