The INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s MArine Resource INFOMAR is a twenty year programme to map the physical, chemical and biological features of Ireland’s seabed. The programme is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and delivered by joint management partners the Geological Survey, Dublin and the Marine Institute, Galway. INFOMAR has placed Ireland centre stage as the global leaders in marine stewardship, mapping and development.
The program delivers a wide range of benefits to multi-sectoral end-users across the national blue economy with an emphasis on enabling. This is especially prevalent considering current rapid growth and evolution ongoing in the maritime sector in Ireland. Demonstrated applications for the use of accurate seabed maps include shipping & navigation; renewable energy; Fisheries Management; Aquaculture; Marine Leisure & Tourism; Oil & Gas Exploration and Infrastructure development.
With the first ten year phase now complete, we are beginning to see how this knowledge has the potential to offer incredible benefits for the island of Ireland. A range of diverse navigation, environmental, cultural and international legislative obligations must also be addressed and there remains a crucially important body of work to follow in mapping commercially valuable inshore and other waters outside the scope of that already achieved by Phase 1 (2005-2015).