General Research Area

Geoscience Visualisation

The GeoVis Research Group focuses on the use of GIS and openly accessible geospatial visualisation technologies in the analysis and communication of geoscientific information. 


GIS, terrestrial lidar, aerial photogrammmetry, geo-education, geo-tourism, geological heritage, archaeology, mining heritage, scientific visualistion 

Group Members

Ronán Hennessy, Martin Feely, Tiernan Henry, Martin Gilligan 

Brief description of current projects

Ronan Hennessy and Martin Feely are completing a study of the eskers of east County Galway. Funded by Galway County Council, Galway County Heritage Forum, and the Heritage Council, the project is an action of the Galway County Heritage Plan 2004-2008. The project involves a heritage study of the landscape characteristics of the eskers of central east Galway, and an esker distribution mapping component.

Ronan Hennessy and Martin Feely are working with Clare County Council, the Burren Connect Project and the Geological Survey of Ireland on the NEED (Northern Environmental Education Development) project. The project focuses on the Burren region, and on the development of a fresh approach to the communication geo-knowledge in schools, visitor centres and among the wider local population.  The NEED project is a transnational cooperation project between Ireland, Norway, Finland and Iceland, funded by the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013.

Martin Gilligan, Martin Feely, Tiernan Henry and Ronán Hennessy are looking at how the groundwater, bedrock and mineral chemistry is be linked to hydrogeology and geochemistry along the west County Mayo coast.


  • Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
  • Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University, MA, USA
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, UK
  • Galway County Council
  • Heritage Council (Ireland)
  • Clare County Council
  • Burren Connect Project
  • Geological Survey of Ireland
  • The Discovery Programme, Ireland
  • Tim Robinson, Folding Landscapes, Roundstone, County Galway
  • Geography Support Service, Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency