The School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD Forestry
The School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD Forestry is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for up to 24 Months.
The overall demand for roundwood in Ireland is expected to increase from to an estimated net realisable volume of 85 Mm3 . There will be an increase in the timber traffic on public roads, in accordance with this forecasted increase in timber supply. Therefore, a more sustainable, safer and cost effective approach in the form of a GIS based agreed routes map is needed to manage the transport of this increased woodflow. This map will be used by timber hauliers as part of the timber extraction planning process. The routes will be agreed between local authorities and district forest managers and private forest owners, identifying the strongest and safest routes, to avoid increased congestion around small towns and villages, reduce excess wear and tear on vulnerable roads and avoid excessive weight across roads. The development of the road database and GIS map will look at developing a road cost matrix to determine whether timber access routes are either fail or based on 4 main criteria - agreed routes, consultation routes, severely restricted routes and excluded routes. In addition, this map will be used to identify important routes that need maintenance and
upgrading work. A mobile app RouteTagger will also be developed to help build a database of road conditions, primarily for the lower class timber access routes for use in planning for all state and private harvesting sites.