Colin Brown

Personal Professor B.SC., Ph.D.,

Contact Details

Personal Professor
Ryan Institute
Room 223
Martin Ryan Building
NUI, Galway

T: Ext. 2691
E: colin.brown@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Prof. Colin Brown is a geophysicist at NUI Galway. His research concerns seismic reflection interpretation using Biot Theory to infer seafloor sediment engineering properties, and theoretical-computational methods for quantifying and classifying seafloor surface physical properties from multibeam acoustics. Both research areas support development of offshore renewable energy. He is involved with marine habitat mapping using ROVs to support the implementation of the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive. He has contributed to the theory of electromagnetic induction in the Earth, uses electromagnetic (magnetotelluric) methods to study Earth's crust, electrical methods to study coastal hydrogeology and potential field methods to complement geological interpretations of the Earth's sub-surface.

He manages a €3m research project funded by the Geological Survey of Ireland to tackle two of its research priority areas - seabed geological and biological processes and coastal groundwater-seawater interactions in Galway Bay and Clew Bay. He is Director of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy research in NUI Galway, an inter-disciplinary institute with over 300 researchers from science, engineering, social science and business.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2010) 'Geoacoustic model for the inversion of seismic profiling data, EAGE Near Surface 2010'
Leurer, K. C., & Brown, C., (2010) 'Geoacoustic model for the inversion of seismic profiling data, EAGE Near Surface 2010'. 16th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, [Details]
(2010) 'Geoacoustic model for unconsolidated marine sediment'
Leurer, K. C., & Brown, C., (2010) 'Geoacoustic model for unconsolidated marine sediment'. Proceedings of the European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, [Details]
(2009) 'Neural network classification of multibeam backscatter and bathymetry data from Stanton Bank (Area IV)'
Marsh, I,Brown, C (2009) 'Neural network classification of multibeam backscatter and bathymetry data from Stanton Bank (Area IV)'. Applied Acoustics, 70 :1269-1276 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Ecological niche modelling of the distribution of cold-water coral habitat using underwater remote sensing data'
Guinan, J,Brown, C,Dolan, MFJ,Grehan, AJ (2009) 'Ecological niche modelling of the distribution of cold-water coral habitat using underwater remote sensing data'. Ecological Informatics, 4 :83-92 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Coincident swath acoustic backscatter and bathymetry for the interpretation of shallow-water sediment composition and processes'
Glynn, B,Brown, C,Rooney, S (2008) 'Coincident swath acoustic backscatter and bathymetry for the interpretation of shallow-water sediment composition and processes'. Journal Of The Geological Society, 165 :597-607 [Details]
(2008) 'Modelling the local distribution of cold-water corals in relation to bathymetric variables: Adding spatial context to deep-sea video data'
Dolan, MFJ,Grehan, AJ,Guinan, JC,Brown, C (2008) 'Modelling the local distribution of cold-water corals in relation to bathymetric variables: Adding spatial context to deep-sea video data'. Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 55 :1564-1579 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Multiscale terrain analysis of multibeam bathymetry data for habitat mapping on the continental slope'
Wilson, MFJ,O'Connell, B,Brown, C,Guinan, JC,Grehan, AJ (2007) 'Multiscale terrain analysis of multibeam bathymetry data for habitat mapping on the continental slope'. Marine Geodesy, 30 :3-35 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'Diving with neural nets'
Brown, C. & O'Connell, B. (2006) 'Diving with neural nets'. Earth Science, 12 :14-15 [Details]
(2006) 'Anisotropy and phase splits in magnetotellurics'
Heise, W,Caldwell, TG,Bibby, HM,Brown, C (2006) 'Anisotropy and phase splits in magnetotellurics'. Physics Of The Earth And Planetary Interiors, 158 :107-121 [DOI] [Details]
(2005) 'Determinable and non-determinable parameters of galvanic distortion in magnetotellurics'
Bibby, HM,Caldwell, TG,Brown, C (2005) 'Determinable and non-determinable parameters of galvanic distortion in magnetotellurics'. Geophysical Journal International, 163 :915-930 [DOI] [Details]
(2005) 'New Horizons'
Daly, E., Brown, C. & Maguire P. (2005) 'New Horizons'. News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, 46 :6-34 [Details]
(2004) 'Ground-penetrating radar facies analysis as an aid to sequence stratigraphic analysis: application to the archaeology of Clonmacnoise Castle, Ireland'
Ruffell, A., Geraghty, L., Brown, C. & Barton, K. (2004) 'Ground-penetrating radar facies analysis as an aid to sequence stratigraphic analysis: application to the archaeology of Clonmacnoise Castle, Ireland'. Archaeological Prospection, 11 :247-262 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Comparison of methods for estimating the effective elastic thickness of the lithosphere and loading mechanisms across the Irish Atlantic margin'
Daly, E., Brown, C., Stark, C. & Ebinger, C. (2004) 'Comparison of methods for estimating the effective elastic thickness of the lithosphere and loading mechanisms across the Irish Atlantic margin'. Geophysical Journal International, 159 (2):445-459 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Feasibility study on the establishment of a large-scale inshore resource mapping project'
Parsons, A., Barton, K., Brown, C. et al. (2004) 'Feasibility study on the establishment of a large-scale inshore resource mapping project'. NDP Marine RTDI Desk Study Series, :1-224 [Details]
(2004) 'The magnetotelluric phase tensor'
Caldwell, TG,Bibby, HM,Brown, C (2004) 'The magnetotelluric phase tensor'. Geophysical Journal International, 158 :457-469 [DOI] [Details]
(2003) 'VARNET-MT: Interpretation of magnetotelluric data over the Killarney-Mallow Fault Zone in SW Ireland'
Brown, C., Denny, P., Haak, V. & Bruton, P. and the VARNET Group. (2003) 'VARNET-MT: Interpretation of magnetotelluric data over the Killarney-Mallow Fault Zone in SW Ireland'. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 21 :1-17 [Details]
(2002) 'Controlled source apparent resistivity tensors and their relationship to the magnetotelluric impedance tensor'
Caldwell, TG,Bibby, HM,Brown, C (2002) 'Controlled source apparent resistivity tensors and their relationship to the magnetotelluric impedance tensor'. Geophysical Journal International, 151 :755-770 [Details]
(2001) 'Bending, shaking and electrifying the Celtic crust'
Brown, C. (2001) 'Bending, shaking and electrifying the Celtic crust'. Special Publication of the Open University Geological Society Journal, 22 :35-42 [Details]
(1998) 'A magnetotelluric study of the Alpine Fault, New Zealand'
Ingham, M.P. & Brown C. (1998) 'A magnetotelluric study of the Alpine Fault, New Zealand'. Geophysical Journal International, 135 (2):542-552 [Details]
(1998) 'Temperature and heat flow in the Celtic Sea basins'
Corry, D,Brown, C (1998) 'Temperature and heat flow in the Celtic Sea basins'. Petroleum Geoscience, 4 :317-326 [Details]
(1995) 'Terrane boundaries in Ireland inferred from the Irish Magnetotelluric Profile and other geophysical data'
Brown, C. & Whelan, J.P. (1995) 'Terrane boundaries in Ireland inferred from the Irish Magnetotelluric Profile and other geophysical data'. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 152 :523-534 [Details]
(1994) 'Tectonic interpretation of regional conductivity anomalies'
Brown, C. (1994) 'Tectonic interpretation of regional conductivity anomalies'. Surveys in Geophysics, 15 :123-157 [Details]
(1991) 'Analysis and tectonic interpretation of gravity data over the Variscides of southwest Ireland'
Ford, M., Brown, C., & Readman, P. (1991) 'Analysis and tectonic interpretation of gravity data over the Variscides of southwest Ireland'. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 148 :137-148 [Details]
(1990) 'A geoelectric section across Ireland from magnetotelluric soundings'
Whelan, J.P., Brown, C., Hutton, V.R.S. & Dawes, G.J.K. (1990) 'A geoelectric section across Ireland from magnetotelluric soundings'. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 60 (138) [Details]
(1985) 'A gravity and magnetic interpretation of the structure of the Irish Midlands and its relation to ore genesis'
Brown, C. & Williams, B. (1985) 'A gravity and magnetic interpretation of the structure of the Irish Midlands and its relation to ore genesis'. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 142 :1059-1075 [Details]
(1983) 'A computer based study of the regional gravity and magnetic fields in Ireland and their relationship to areas of possible geothermal interest'
Brown, C. and Brock, A. (1983) 'A computer based study of the regional gravity and magnetic fields in Ireland and their relationship to areas of possible geothermal interest'. Agr 83/4, Geological Survey Of Ireland, Dublin, [Details]
(1982) 'Structure of the Red Sea at 20 degrees N from gravity data and its implication for continental margins'
Brown, C. & Girdler, R.W. (1982) 'Structure of the Red Sea at 20 degrees N from gravity data and its implication for continental margins'. Nature, [Details]
(1980) 'A geophysical survey of the westernmost Gulf of Aden'
Girdler, R.W., Brown, C., Noy, D.J.M & Styles, P. (1980) 'A geophysical survey of the westernmost Gulf of Aden'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 298 :1-43 [Details]
(1980) 'Interpretation of African gravity and its implication for the break-up of the continents'
Brown, C. & Girdler, R.W. (1980) 'Interpretation of African gravity and its implication for the break-up of the continents'. Journal of Geophysical Research, 85 :6443-6445 [Details]
(1980) 'A gravity traverse across Northern Africa'
Brown, C., Girdler, R.W. & Renner, R.G.B. (1980) 'A gravity traverse across Northern Africa'. Journal of Geophysical Research, 85 :6436-6442 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2006) 'ROV Investigations of Cold Water Coral Habitats in the Porcupine/Rockall off the west coast of Ireland'
Grehan, A., Toal, D. & Brown, C. (2006) 'ROV Investigations of Cold Water Coral Habitats in the Porcupine/Rockall off the west coast of Ireland' In: The Irish Scientist, 2006 Year Book. Dublin: Oldbury Publishing. [Details]
(1986) 'A model for the genesis of Zn/Pb deposits in Ireland'
Williams, B.L.., Brown, C. (1986) 'A model for the genesis of Zn/Pb deposits in Ireland' In: Geology and Genesis of Mineral Deposits in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Association for Economic Geology. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2005) Methane Hydrate Resource Assessment Offshore Western Ireland.
Mac Aodha, P., Brown, C. & Johnson, A. (2005) Methane Hydrate Resource Assessment Offshore Western Ireland. Technical Report to Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme (PIP Project IS05/02), Dublin. [Details]