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Catchment Science 2019

The programme hosts a major, scientific conference every four years and the theme of Catchment Science 2019 was 'Achieving quality water in diverse and productive agricultural landscapes under a changing climate.'  Drawing from Irish and international experiences, it highlighted some of the challenges and solutions for water quality management. 

There were eight inter-related themes providing a framework for the oral and poster presentations. All talks and posters are listed below, are grouped by their session and, where permission has been given, a link is provided to a PDF copy of the presentation.


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 It took place on 5 - 7 November in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford and we would like to thank all the attendees, presenters and everyone else who helped in any way with the conference.


Hi Res Workshop 2018

This international workshop on high resolution water quality monitoring is normally held every second year and the 3rd International Workshop was hosted by the ACP in 2018.  In Ireland for the first time, it took place on the 12th and 13th June in Clonakilty, Co Cork. It brought together catchment scientists and managers in an international forum to discuss experiences of high temporal resolution water quality monitoring.

The first day featured presentations at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Clonakilty. On the the second day, a field visit took place to the nearby Timoleague catchment where participants got a first-hand look at high resolution monitoring.

Some presentations (PDFs)


Tuesday 12th June:

09:30 – 12:00 - Session 1
Analysis and understanding of processes. Chaired by: Edward Burgess

09:30 – 10:00 Magdalena Bieroza (Keynote) “Making sense of the sensor data – from in-situ sampling to understanding processes” 
10:00 – 10:15 Lucy Burkitt “High resolution monitoring of nitrate in agricultural catchments – a case study on the Manawatu River, New Zealand” 
10:15 – 10:30 Michael Rode “Assimilatory NO3-N uptake is scale independent across six stream orders in an anthropogenically impacted river network, Germany” 
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee and Posters 
11:15 – 11:30 Per-Erik Mellander “Using high frequency water quality data to assess nutrient concentration trends in apportioned transfer pathways” 
11:30 – 11:45 Emma Lannergård “Non-stationarity in relationships between flow, turbidity and suspended sediment transport: examples from a Swedish mixed-land use catchment” 
11:45 – 12:00 Maria Snell “Characterising stream nutrient resource: the potential of in situ fluorescence in ecological assessment” 
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (College canteen)

13:30 – 15:30 Session 2
Long-term in-situ measurements and water quality modelling. Chaired by: Noeleen McDonald

13:30 – 14:00 Jane Hawkins (Keynote) “The North Wyke Farm Platform - establishing and managing a national capability” 
14:00 – 14:15 Hadewij Sint “The North Wyke Farm Platform: Data Portal and Quality Control” 
14:15 – 14:30 Paul Quinn “National Demonstration Test Platform for Observation and Evidence”
14:30 – 14:45 Jens Fölster “Sensors in environmental monitoring in Sweden - Opportunities and practical experiences” 
14:45 – 15:00 Russell Adams “Modelling flow pathways, sediment and phosphorus fluxes in two contrasting headwater catchments using high frequency monitoring data” 
15:00 – 15:15 Andrew Wade “Model-data fusion in the context of high-resolution catchment measurements” 
15:15 – 15:30 Gavan McGrath “The information content in high-resolution water quality data of reactive constituents for the calibration of Storage Age Selection models with uncertain inputs” 
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and Posters

16:00 – 17:30 Session 3
New techniques, methods and proxies. Chaired by: Per-Erik Mellander

16:00 – 16:30 Paul Floury (Keynote) “Spatial variability of major ions dynamics at storm, day and seasonal scales: River Labs for exploring the critical zone” 
16:30 – 16:45 Rachel Cassidy “Piloting a portable phosphate analyser for in-situ monitoring in an agricultural catchment – initial findings and recommendations” 
16:45 – 17:00 Katarina Kyllmar “Water quality sensors as learning tools in adaptive water management” 
17:00 – 17:15 Pierre VanHooydonck “Monitoring and quantification of suspended-matter transfers in a drained plain agricultural catchment” 
17:15 – 17:30 Andy Vinten “Analysis of turbidity time series data from the Lunan Water catchment, Scotland, using Hidden Markov methods”

19:00 Dinner in Dunmore House Hotel

Wednesday 13th June:

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction - Historical context by John Crowley (Teagasc)

09:30 – 12:00 Session 4:
Discussions. Chaired by Edward Burgess and Leanne Roche (DAFM)

09:30 – 10:30 i) Scientific and technological knowledge gaps, ii) Establishing a monitoring/modelling network, and iii) open discussion. 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Posters 
11:00 – 12:00 Group discussions 
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (College canteen) and travel to catchment 
13:30 – 16:00 Field visit to Timoleague catchment - ACP team 

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Catchment Science 2015

At the end of the programme's second phase, Catchment Science 2015 took place at Whites Hotel, Wexford from 28 - 30 September 2011. An International Conference, it explored the application of catchment science to the environmental and economic challenges facing farmers, policy makers and regulators.  

Proceedings and presentations are available here from the main Teagasc website.

The organisers would like to thank all the attendees, presenters and everyone else who helped in any way with the conference.

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Science into Policy Briefing

In the final year of the programme's second phase, a one day meeting took place at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Offaly on 13 March 2015. Main ACP findings and their policy implications in the context of meeting Ireland's water quality and food production goals were discussed.

Presentations and posters are available here from the main Teagasc website.

The organisers would like to thank all the attendees, presenters and everyone else who helped in any way with the meeting.

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Catchment Science 2011

At the end of the programme's Phase One, Catchment Science 2011 took place in The Mansion House, Dublin from 14 - 16 September 2011. An International Conference aimed at scientists, policy makers, farmers and land managers, it was jointly hosted by the ACP and the UK Demonstration Test Catchments Projects (Defra/EA).

Proceedings and presentations are available here from main Teagasc publications website.

The organisers would like to thank all the attendees, presenters and everyone else who helped in any way with the conference.

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