Pre 4 websiteLate Quaternary Stratigraphy and Glaciation History of Southern Ireland

Date: 21st – 24th July 2019
Leaders: Prof. Colm O’Cofaigh and Prof. David J.A. Evans
Contact email: colm.ocofaigh@durham.ac.uk, d.j.a.evans@durham.ac.uk
Guide price: TBA

This excursion will visit sites along the south coast of Ireland that are central to the longstanding debate on the age, extent and dynamics of the last glaciation, focussing specifically on the sedimentology of the glacigenic drifts and the Quaternary stratigraphy of the region. The fieldtrip will visit a range of sites along the south coast where the Quaternary glacigenic succession is well exposed and will examine evidence for timing and depositional history of the Irish Sea Ice Stream and inland ice, as well as the nature and age of raised marine deposits which date to the last cold stage. Sites will include the Screen Hills in County Wexford, as well as Irish Sea Till sites east of Cork Harbour and raised marine deposits in Courtmacsherry Bay.

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Pre 6 webWestern Ireland
Date: 20th – 24th July 2019
Leader: Peter Coxon
Contact email: pcoxon@tcd.ie
Guide price: TBA

The fieldtrip will cover the mountain uplands of Connemara, parts of the limestone lowlands of Galway and coastal areas of western Ireland including sites that show long-term landscape evolution (Neogene lignites ca. 5Myr old), exhumed ancient landscapes, interglacial peat deposits (MIS 9-11), glaciated terrains and drumlin fields of MIS 2 and upland evidence of Younger Dryas and Holocene landscape change.

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Quaternary Sediments, Ice Geochronology, Geomorphology and Coastal Processes in South West Ireland

Date: 21st – 24th July 2019
Leader: Prof. Robert Devoy
Contact email: r.devoy@ucc.ie
Guide price: TBA

This Excursion to Southwest Ireland will comprise a three day field programme, set in the beautiful and diverse coastal and interior landscapes of Counties Cork and Kerry. The region contains many sites of significant national and international importance covering Quaternary Science themes of, e.g., ‘classical’ stratigraphic sedimentary sequencing and correlation; interglacial palaeoenvironmental reconstructions; ice behaviour and spatial patterns, volumes and isostatic issues, as linked particularly to ice chronologies and modelling and to earth crustal modelling; glacial and glacifluvial geomorphology; lateglacial and Holocene climate and vegetational history; Quaternary shorelines and sea-level changes, as linked to past and present climate and ocean changes and particularly to long-term to questions of contemporary coastal process functioning. This region was last visited by INQUA in 1977 (X INQUA Congress). Since then extensive research study has been undertaken in these Quaternary and Earth process and environmental management thematic areas, often as part of international research programmes, e.g., the IGCP and IGBP series, INQUA 1001, European Science Foundation and BRITICE-CHRONO projects, and with the research winning major funding awards, e.g., under the EU Frameworks 3-7, Environment and MAST Programmes; Science Foundation Ireland; Royal Society and Royal Irish Academy. Publications resulting from this work are now extensive in peer reviewed sources, with research outcomes also linked to contemporary responses to climate change impacts and related land – environmental systems’ management.

The Excursion will develop through site visits many of the different Quaternary research themes investigated since 1977, but with particular emphasis on coastal areas and themes developed during IGCP 588 “Preparing for Coastal Change” and INQUA 1001 “Late Quaternary records of coastal evolution”. Field sites will explore landforms and field stratigraphy relating to the presence and retreat of the British Irish Ice Sheet; the Holocene record of relative sea-level change and coastal response; and, the current stability / resilience of coastal systems in the face of future change, together with related issues for coastal management responses. Many aspects of Irish glacial and relative sea-level history have been undergoing significant revision over recent years and this meeting provides an opportunity to visit new and classic sites, and to discuss these developments whilst evaluating the field data first hand.

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