Research Profile

Gerald Sutton

Biography

Senior research fellow with the University College Cork MaREI centre, developing and leading scientific research in the Marine and Energy space. To date I have generated contracts with a value of 3m € to UCC. I project managed the 10m € EU MARINET project, and have previously led work packages in three other EU 7th Framework Projects (MESMA, GeoSeas, Coralfish). 

As Deputy Director at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre from 2004-2015, I was instrumental in building the centres' capacity in seabed mapping, geomatics, marine spatial planning, offshore technologies and environmental impact assessment. 

My main research interests concern the development of marine renewables, and the sustainable management of living and non-living resources with particular reference to Irish and EU near-shore shelf environments and processes. In order to achieve this I develop and manage a variety of research projects and consultancy contracts in the marine environmental domain. These typically involve the application of high resolution seabed mapping techniques (multibeam/geophysics and geotechnics) combined with innovative GIS data management and dissemination methods, effectively facilitating the transformation of raw data into technical/engineering solutions, science policy and commercial applications.

Specialties: IPMI Certified Applied Project Manager. Marine scientific project leadership and expert consultancy. Strategic development, project development/implementation, research commercialisation. 10 yrs industrial hydrographic experience (89-98) HR acoustic seabed and subbottom mapping. Excellent offshore operations record as Chief Surveyor/Party Chief for geophysical and hydrographic surveys and scientific research cruises (1990-2005). Expertise in geomatics, web-technologies, standards based compliance and interoperability..

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
National Infrastructure Access Programme.Marine Institute (MI)16-JAN-1730-SEP-18€24,000.00
Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed AreasEuropean Union01-NOV-0931-OCT-13€336,570.00
EU H2020"642139 MINATURA 2020"G Sutton: Developing a concept for a European minerals deposit Framework.Horizon 202001-FEB-1531-JAN-18€93,625.00
NWE INTERREG IVB ; Civil ENgineering Applications of Marine Sediments - CEAMAS.European Union25-JAN-1231-DEC-15€209,310.00
MSFD - Support Research On Descriptor 11 (Noise].Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-FEB-1221-OCT-13€48,309.00
Four meetings regarding EU TSG Noise.Environment Protection Agency (EPA)12-FEB-1330-SEP-14€5,000.00
Proposal PreparationEnterprise Irl14-OCT-1120-JUN-12€14,200.00
Port of Cork Marine Aggregates StudyIndustry01-JAN-0731-DEC-09€25,150.00
National Infrastructure Access - Programme for SmartBay Ireland facilities.Government Departments01-FEB-1431-JAN-15€24,855.00
LIFE + Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic sea Eco-SystemForeign Research Institute01-SEP-0930-JUN-12€111,250.00
Pan-European infrastructure for management of amrine and ocean geological and geophysical data.European Union01-MAY-0931-JAN-13€150,153.00
Advance development of the GEOSSEnterprise Irl24-SEP-0905-JAN-10€24,322.00
Interreg Project: Irish Sea Marine Aggregates InitiativeEuropean Union03-FEB-0801-FEB-08€578,375.00
LIFE + Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic sea Eco-System.Foreign Research Institute01-APR-1231-DEC-12€37,449.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'The European Marine Strategy: Noise Monitoring in European Marine Waters from 2014'
Dekeling, R,Tasker, M,Ainslie, M,Andersson, M,Andre, M,Borsani, F,Brensing, K,Castellote, M,Dalen, J,Folegot, T,van der Graaf, S,Leaper, R,Liebschner, A,Pajala, J,Robinson, S,Sigray, P,Sutton, G,Thomsen, F,Werner, S,Wittekind, D,Young, JV,Popper, AN,Hawkins, A (2016) 'The European Marine Strategy: Noise Monitoring in European Marine Waters from 2014'. Genomic Imprinting, 875 :205-215 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Variations in sediment wave dimensions across the tidally dominated Irish Sea, NW Europe'
Van Landeghem, KJJ;Wheeler, AJ;Mitchell, NC;Sutton, G (2009) 'Variations in sediment wave dimensions across the tidally dominated Irish Sea, NW Europe'. Marine Geology, 263 :108-119 [DOI] [Details]
(2001)'Seabed Mapping and Seafloor Processes in the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks Area, Southwestern Irish Sea'
Wheeler, A. J., Walshe, J. & Sutton, G.D; (2001) 'Seabed Mapping and Seafloor Processes in the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks Area, Southwestern Irish Sea'. Irish Geography, 34 (2):194-211 [Details]
(2002)'An update on investigations into Ireland's deep-water coral carbonate mound ecosystems, Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic'
Kozachenko, M., Wheeler, A., Sutton, G. (2002) 'An update on investigations into Ireland's deep-water coral carbonate mound ecosystems, Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic'. Chimera, [Details]
(2006)'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland'
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R. J. N., Wheeler, A.J., Sutton, G.D. and Gault, J.,; (2006) 'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland'. Journal of Coastal Research, SI (39):227-232 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2002)'An update on investigations into Ireland's deep-water coral carbonate mound ecosystems, Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic'
Kozachenko, M., Wheeler, A., Sutton, G.; (2002) 'An update on investigations into Ireland's deep-water coral carbonate mound ecosystems, Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic' Chimera, University College Cork Geographical Journal, * :*-*. [Details]
(2000)'Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay'
Wheeler, A.J., J. Walshe, J. & Sutton, G. D.; (2000) 'Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay' Marine Research Series No. 13, Marine Institute, Dublin, 13 :1-35. [Details]
(2001)'An Atlas of Side-scan Sonar Imagery of Deep-water Coral Bioherms & Related Seabed Features, NE Atlantic, Deliverable Report for Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (ACES) project: pp.220'
Wheeler, A. & Kozachenko, M. & Sutton, G.; (2001) 'An Atlas of Side-scan Sonar Imagery of Deep-water Coral Bioherms & Related Seabed Features, NE Atlantic, Deliverable Report for Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (ACES) project: pp.220' *, * :*-*. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)EFFECTS OF NOISE ON AQUATIC LIFE II
Dekeling, R;Tasker, M;Ainslie, M;Andersson, M;Andre, M;Borsani, F;Brensing, K;Castellote, M;Dalen, J;Folegot, T;van der Graaf, S;Leaper, R;Liebschner, A;Pajala, J;Robinson, S;Sigray, P;Sutton, G;Thomsen, F;Werner, S;Wittekind, D;Young, JV (2016) The European Marine Strategy: Noise Monitoring in European Marine Waters from 2014 EFFECTS OF NOISE ON AQUATIC LIFE II , pp.205-215 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015
Roig, D.R, Sutton, G., Wheeler, A., Masson, E. & Lahlou, D. (2015) Dredged Sediments, Web-GIS and Analysis Tools – The CEAMaS case study EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark, , 07-SEP-15 - 09-SEP-15 [Details]
(2015)24th World Mining Congress
Murguía, D., Cormont, A., van Eupen, M., Pérez-Soba, M., Verweij, P., van der Sluis, T., Carvalho, J., Lopes, C., Cowley, J., Sutton, G., Wårell, L., Tiess, G (2015) Participatory land use planning for safeguarding access to mineral deposits in Europe, in: Proceeding of the 24th World Mining Congress. Section Sustainability in Mining 24th World Mining Congress , pp.379-388 [Details]
(2011)The 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium
Twomey, S., O’Mahony, C., and Sutton, G. (2011) Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES): Translating EU maritime policy into practical outputs for multiple sectors spanning Ireland, the UK, France and Spain . In: Twomey, S eds. The 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2008)Littoral 2008 - A Changing Coast: Challenge for the Environmental Policies
Kozachenko, M., Sutton, G., O’Mahony, C., Morgan, G. and Lassoued, Y. (2008) Use of seabed mapping and GIS to better manage interactions between potential marine aggregate dredging, ecosystems, and other marine uses in the southern Irish Sea region Littoral 2008 - A Changing Coast: Challenge for the Environmental Policies [Details]
(2003)CoastGIS'03 - 5th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Coastal Zone Management
Sutton G, Tully O, Hervas A, Hickey J, Dwyer N and O'Mahony C (2003) Multi-beam Sonar Mapping and Scallop Stock Assessment: GIS Data Integration in Support of Sustainable Fisheries Management CoastGIS'03 - 5th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Coastal Zone Management [Details]
(2003)CoastGIS - 5th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Coastal Zone Management
Sutton G.D., Tully O., Hervas A., Hickey J., Dwyer, N. and O’Mahony C. (2003) Multibeam Sonar Mapping and Scallop Stock Assessment: GIS Data Integration in Support of Sustainable Fisheries Management CoastGIS - 5th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Coastal Zone Management [Details]
(2002)8th EC-GI & GIS Workshop
Cummins, V., Dumas, F., Kershaw, P., Leroux, J., Loubersac, L., Populas, J., & Sutton, G; (2002) Building, Assessing and Standardising Information on Atlantic Coasts . In: * eds. 8th EC-GI & GIS Workshop Dublin Castle, Dublin, , 03-JUL-02 - 05-JUL-02 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2008)Proceedings of the 9th International Littoral Conference, Venice, Italy
Kozachenko, M., Sutton, G., O’Mahony, C., Morgan, G. and Lassoued, Y. (2008) Use of seabed mapping and GIS to better manage interactions between potential marine aggregate dredging, ecosystems, and other marine uses in the southern Irish Sea region Proceedings of the 9th International Littoral Conference, Venice, Italy [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2008)Issues and Recommendations for the Development and Regulation of Marine Aggregate Extraction in the Irish Sea.
O’Mahony C, Sutton G, McMahon T, O’Cinneide M and Nixon E (2008) Issues and Recommendations for the Development and Regulation of Marine Aggregate Extraction in the Irish Sea. Marine Environment and Health Series, No. 32, Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland. [Details]
(2014)Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish waters. Strive Report No 121.
Sutton, G., Jessopp, M., Clorennec, D., Folegot, T. (2014) Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish waters. Strive Report No 121. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2008)A geological appraisal of marine aggregate resources in the southern Irish Sea. Technical report produced for the Irish Sea Marine Aggregates Initiative (IMAGIN) project funded under the INTERREG IIIA Community Initiative Programme 2000-2006.
Kozachenko, M., Fletcher, R., Sutton, G., Monteys, X., Van Landeghem, K., Wheeler, A., Lassoued, Y., Cooper, A. and Nicoll, C.; (2008) A geological appraisal of marine aggregate resources in the southern Irish Sea. Technical report produced for the Irish Sea Marine Aggregates Initiative (IMAGIN) project funded under the INTERREG IIIA Community Initiative Programme 2000-2006. University College Cork, Cork. [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2007)Effects of the physical environment on scallop growth and abundance.
Hervas, A,O'Keeffe, E,Tully, O,Berry, A,Sutton, G (2007) Effects of the physical environment on scallop growth and abundance. Abstract [Details]
(2006)Stock evaluation of king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery off the southeast coast of Ireland using high resolution acoustic.
Hervas, A,Sutton, G,Hickey, J,Tully, O (2006) Stock evaluation of king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery off the southeast coast of Ireland using high resolution acoustic. Abstract [Details]
(2007)Mapping the distribution of different sedimentary facies in scallop fishing grounds.
O'Keeffe, E,Hervas, A,Tully, O,Hickey, J,Sutton, G,Monteys, X (2007) Mapping the distribution of different sedimentary facies in scallop fishing grounds. Abstract [Details]
(2007)Utilisation of Geographic Information Systems in scallop stock assessment.
O'Keeffe, E,Hervas, A,Tully, O,Hickey, J,Sutton, G,Berry, A,Hartnett, M,Monteys, X (2007) Utilisation of Geographic Information Systems in scallop stock assessment. Abstract [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(1999)Scoping Study to Examine the Feasibility of Installing a National Tide-Gauge and Tidal Information Archiving Network. Final Report to the Marine Institute.
Wheeler, A.J., Nolan, G., Murphy, J. & Sutton, G.; (1999) Scoping Study to Examine the Feasibility of Installing a National Tide-Gauge and Tidal Information Archiving Network. Final Report to the Marine Institute. Articles [Details]
(2000)Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay. Marine Research Series No. 13, Marine Institute, Dublin.
Wheeler, A.J., J. Walshe, J. & Sutton, G. D. ; (2000) Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay. Marine Research Series No. 13, Marine Institute, Dublin. Articles [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2007)Effects of The Physical Environment On Scallop Growth and Abundance.
Hervas, A, O'Keeffe, E, Tully, O, Berry, A, Sutton, G; (2007) Effects of The Physical Environment On Scallop Growth and Abundance. Other [Details]
(2007)Utilisation of Geographic Information Systems In Scallop Stock Assessment.
O'Keeffe, E, Hervas, A, Tully, O, Hickey, J, Sutton, G, Berry, A, Hartnett, M, Monteys, X; (2007) Utilisation of Geographic Information Systems In Scallop Stock Assessment. Other [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2002)Reconnaissance Quantification of Aggregate Resources on the South Coast of Ireland. Final report for confidential client.
Sutton, G.D., Wheeler, A.J., Devoy R.J.N.& Gault, J.; (2002) Reconnaissance Quantification of Aggregate Resources on the South Coast of Ireland. Final report for confidential client. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)A Scoping Study to Establish a Common Approach to Examining the Impact of Atlantic Arc Water Quality and Dynamics on Coastal Activity and Sensitive Marine Environments.
Cummins, V., Dumas, F., Franklin, F., Kershaw, P., Le Roux, J., Loubersac, L., Mortimer, G., Populas, J. & Sutton, G.; (2001) A Scoping Study to Establish a Common Approach to Examining the Impact of Atlantic Arc Water Quality and Dynamics on Coastal Activity and Sensitive Marine Environments. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)An Atlas of Side-Scan Sonar Imagery of Deep-Water Coral Bioherms & Related Seabed Features, NE Atlantic. Deliverable Report for Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (ACES) Contract No. EVK3-CT-1999-00008, p. 220.
Wheeler, A., Kozachenko, M. & Sutton, G.; (2001) An Atlas of Side-Scan Sonar Imagery of Deep-Water Coral Bioherms & Related Seabed Features, NE Atlantic. Deliverable Report for Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (ACES) Contract No. EVK3-CT-1999-00008, p. 220. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)Data Review, High Resolution Side-Scan Sonar Coverage and Sediment Analysis of Carbonate Mounds and Associated Contourites in the Rockall Trough and Porcupine Seabight. Interim 12 month Report EU Fifth Framework Programme – Environmental Controls on Mound Formation along the European Margin (EVK3-CT-1999-00013), 4pp.
Wheeler, A., Kozachenko, M. & Sutton, G.; (2001) Data Review, High Resolution Side-Scan Sonar Coverage and Sediment Analysis of Carbonate Mounds and Associated Contourites in the Rockall Trough and Porcupine Seabight. Interim 12 month Report EU Fifth Framework Programme – Environmental Controls on Mound Formation along the European Margin (EVK3-CT-1999-00013), 4pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2000)Marine Inundation Levels with Respect to a Housing Development at Portmarnock, Co. Dublin: Contemporary and Future Scenarios. Draft Report. Confidential report for O'Connor, Sutton and Cronin Ltd. (Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers). 5pp.
Sutton, G. & Wheeler, A. J.; (2000) Marine Inundation Levels with Respect to a Housing Development at Portmarnock, Co. Dublin: Contemporary and Future Scenarios. Draft Report. Confidential report for O'Connor, Sutton and Cronin Ltd. (Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers). 5pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2010)Summary overview of existing data relevant for “Sand Source for Courtown Beach” project, western Irish Sea. Technical report produced for RPS Group plc. University College Cork, 53pp.
Kozachenko, M. and Sutton, G. (2010) Summary overview of existing data relevant for “Sand Source for Courtown Beach” project, western Irish Sea. Technical report produced for RPS Group plc. University College Cork, 53pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2000)An Assessment of the Current Status and RTDI Requirements in Respect of the Development of Irish Seabed Resources. Final Report to Marine Institute, Dublin. 242pp.
Sutton, G., Wheeler, A. J. & O’Leary, E.; (2000) An Assessment of the Current Status and RTDI Requirements in Respect of the Development of Irish Seabed Resources. Final Report to Marine Institute, Dublin. 242pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)Scoping Study to Examine the Feasibility of Installing a National Tide-Gauge and Tidal Information Archiving Network. Final Report to the Marine Institute, Dublin. 84pp. Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G. (1999). Literature and Data Review for the Arklow Banks within the Context of Offshore Wind-Energy Generation. Final Report to Future Wind Partnership, Naas. 48pp. .
Wheeler, A.J., Nolan, G., Murphy, J. & Sutton, G.; (1999) Scoping Study to Examine the Feasibility of Installing a National Tide-Gauge and Tidal Information Archiving Network. Final Report to the Marine Institute, Dublin. 84pp. Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G. (1999). Literature and Data Review for the Arklow Banks within the Context of Offshore Wind-Energy Generation. Final Report to Future Wind Partnership, Naas. 48pp. . Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)Reconnaissance Assessment of Coastal Seabed Sand & Gravel Resources in the Form of Seabed Mapping & Quantification. Marine Research Measures Seminar 19th May 1999, Marine Institute, Dublin.
Wheeler, A.J., Sutton, G., Keary, R., Walshe, J. & Hanlon, M.; (1999) Reconnaissance Assessment of Coastal Seabed Sand & Gravel Resources in the Form of Seabed Mapping & Quantification. Marine Research Measures Seminar 19th May 1999, Marine Institute, Dublin. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay Area. Final Report to the Marine Institute, Dublin. 63pp.
Wheeler, A.J., Walshe, J. & Sutton, G.; (1999) Geological Appraisal of the Kish, Burford, Bray and Fraser Banks, Outer Dublin Bay Area. Final Report to the Marine Institute, Dublin. 63pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2000)Marine Inundation Levels with Respect to a Housing Development at Portmarnock, Co. Dublin: Contemporary and Future Scenarios. Final Report. Confidential report for O'Connor, Sutton and Cronin Ltd. (Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers). 9pp.
Sutton, G. & Wheeler, A. J.; (2000) Marine Inundation Levels with Respect to a Housing Development at Portmarnock, Co. Dublin: Contemporary and Future Scenarios. Final Report. Confidential report for O'Connor, Sutton and Cronin Ltd. (Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers). 9pp. Unpublished Reports [Details]

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