INIS Hydro: Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland Hydrographic survey.

Start Date:
January 2011
End Date:
March 2014


The INIS Hydro project was developed after the MCA identified ‘Priority Areas’, drawn from increased shipping, marine conservation zones and marine renewables.

This is an EU Interreg IVa project, led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) with partners in the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), Marine Institute Galway (MI), Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the data delivered to UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This project was developed from the previously Interreg III project, the Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey (JIBS).

The proposal was first discussed with the then head of hydrography at MCA, Rob Spillard and John Howe of SAMS in 2009. Following discussions we were invited to participate and the project was finally approved for funding in July 2010.

MAREMAP co-funds the project with BGS assisting in surveys via RV White Ribbon The data is free to share amongst all agencies.

The data is almost complete, 70% processed and on schedule for delivery to UKHO in September 2013. A paper on the seabed geology of the Firth of Lorn will be prepared for the Royal Society of Edinburgh in summer / autumn 2013.

What's next

  • The INIS Hydro team will be presenting at various conferences in autumn 2013.
  • A paper will proceed the RSE MAREMAP conference in November.
  • PhD project funded by Marie Curie Training Network focusing on GLANAM (Glaciated North Atlantic Margins), beginning work in October 2013.