Bord na Móna has recently transformed into a sustainable, green business, which now emphasises the use of its land assets for renewable energy and resource recovery in support of government policy and national decarbonisation commitments. As part of this transformation, the Peatlands Climate Action Scheme (PCAS) will, over the coming years, establish engineering and ecology works on over 30,000 ha of bogs to accelerate natural restoration processes. These actions will increase carbon storage and reduce carbon emissions, improve water quality and water attenuation, and will enhance biodiversity while mitigating the risk of wildfires. The PCAS process involves stakeholder engagement, the development of drainage management and rehabilitation plans, and a range of other types of assessments. To date, this work has been extensive and has involved extensive consultation with various stakeholders, as well as a thorough flow and water quality monitoring regime.

Two PhD students will be recruited in this project. One will be registered and based at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) (“POSITION A”) and the other (“POSITION B”) will be registered and based at Trinity College Dublin. Working closely together, they will work in parallel with the PCAS by providing an independent monitoring programme that will (1) assess and supplement the work of PCAS by applying state-of-the-art modelling techniques to a representative selection of Ireland’s peatlands to provide an empirical evaluation of the work of PCAS and, where needed, to conceptualise design, construct and evaluate alternative enhancement measures (2) deliver recommendations and, where needed, carry out changes in the management and execution of rehabilitation measures (3) provide an evaluation of the water quality and hydrological improvements, and (4) disseminate all knowledge gained to stakeholders and the general public.

For more information please see the attached document.

Application Deadline: 11 February 2022