Tuesday 16 July 2019

Airborne survey takes to the skies

Myles Buchanan

The next phase of the nationwide geographical survey of Ireland has taken off over eastern and south eastern counties of Ireland, including County Wicklow.

The Tellus Survey programme has been surveying across Ireland over the last eight years and has recently finished flying over counties Limerick, Tipperary and west Cork.

The programme aims to have 75 per cent of Ireland mapped by 2020, with the resulting data having the potential to deliver positive economic, environmental and agricultural benefits by enhancing our understanding of the local environment, soil management, and the natural resource potential of the surveyed areas.

A low-flying aircraft equipped with state-of the-art instruments has taken to the skies over counties Wicklow, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford until autumn 2019, weather permitting.

Dr James Hodgson, Senior Geologist and Project Manager for Tellus, said: 'The Tellus Survey is an important project which continues to provide us with significant data that will offer us valuable insights about the geophysical makeup of Ireland. As we start this new phase, I want to thank the local communities in counties Limerick, Tipperary and west Cork for their support while we surveyed these areas over the last few months.

'I am pleased to see the Tellus Survey programme launch into a new phase, gathering data across the east and south east of Ireland and we look forward to keeping the public informed as the survey progresses.'

The survey aircraft is a white, twin propeller plane (as pictured), which is easily identified by its red tail and black stripe as well as the word 'SURVEY' and registration number C-GSGF written across both sides of the plane.

Due to the low-flying altitude of the survey aircraft, anyone concerned about sensitive livestock is encouraged to contact the Tellus Freephone Information Line on 1800 45 55 65.

The Tellus team will be happy to provide information on upcoming flight plans.

Bray People