Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

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Research Masters Student


Prof. Andrew Wheeler & Dr. Mark Coughlan


I am currently a research masters student from UCC, but I am based up in the Dublin at one of Ireland’s leading renewable energy companies, Gaelectric. I am currently completing a 12 month project coordinated by both parties and funded under the Marine Institute’s Short Calls Programme. The project, entitled Irish Sea Suitability Mapping for Novel Offshore Foundations (ISSMaNOF), primarily uses INFOMAR multibeam and seismic data in an attempt to identify potential sites and foundation options for future offshore renewable energy installations in the Irish Sea – primarily aimed at wind.

2010-2014: B.Sc. (Hons) Earth Science, UCC
2014-2015: M.Sc. Applied Coastal and Marine Management, UCC
2016-Present: M.Res (Geology) Irish Sea Suitability Mapping for Novel Offshore Foundations, Gaelectric/UCC



The majority of my research to date has been concerned with submarine canyon/channel systems, emanating from my masters dissertation in 2015. This research concentrated on the Gollum Canyon System (GCS), approximately 100km off the south-west coast of Ireland (and yes it was named after J.R.R. Tolkien’s character, as are much of the individual channels within). In this project I used ArcGIS to investigate the entire system for the first time. Various geomorphometric techniques were used to reveal the true nature and extent of the system, along with vast amounts of previously unknown information, most notable of this was the re-characterisation of the GCS as a canyon rather than a channel system.

My current research project combines my background in earth science with my strong interests in the field of renewable energies, specifically offshore technologies. It has been a dream of mine for years to get into the renewable energy industry and this project gives me the opportunity to utilise the expertise of both UCC and Gaelectric, in order to put together a great project that may be of benefit to future renewable projects in Ireland, but also foster new and valuable relationships in the industry I am so keen to break into.



Murphy, Paul. K. & Wheeler, A. J. Wheeler. (in press.) A GIS-Based Application of Drainage Basin Analysis and Geomorphometry in the Submarine Environment: The Gollum Canyon System, Northeast Atlantic. In: D. Barlett & L. Celliers, eds. Geoinformatics for Coastal and Marine Management. Taylor & Francis, pp. 45-73

Murphy, P.K., Wheeler, A.W. and Devoy, R. J., (subm.). Geomorphometry of the
Gollum Canyon System.

Murphy, P.K., 2015. Geomorphometry of the Gollum Canyon System. Unpublished
Masters Thesis, University College Cork, Ireland.


Murphy, P. K., & Wheeler, A. J. 2016. “Revealing the full extent of submarine canyons; The application of Drainage Network Analysis to the Gollum Canyon System, NE Atlantic” 3rd INCISE International Submarine Canyon Symposium. Victoria, BC. July 2016

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