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Professor Peter Readman

Professor Peter Readman – Emeritus Professor

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Geophysics Section
5 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel: +353-1-653-5147 x225
Fax: +353-1-4430575
Email: pr-at-cp.dias.ie

Research interests

Recent work has included a seismic study in the southwest of Ireland (the VARNET project), gravity studies in the Irish Midlands, and a seismic and gravity study over the Leinster Granite (LEGS). Over the last few years he has also undertaken, in collaboration with colleagues from UCD, the large-scale AIRS (Atlantic Irish Margins) and TRIM (TOBI Rockall Irish Margins) projects involving the collection and interpretation of surface and deep-tow sidescan sonar data in the Rockall Trough.

He is currently interested in applying seismological and potential field methods to the investigation of crustal and upper mantle structure and development in Ireland and the NE Atlantic region. Current work is mainly centred on the following projects:

  • ISLE – Irish Seismological Lithospheric Experiment.
  • HADES – HAtton DEep Seismic
  • RAPIDS – Rockall And Porcupine Irish Deep Seismic

Background

Peter W. Readman graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from Durham and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. This was followed by a Royal Society Fellowship at the Laboratoire de Magnétisme, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Grenoble, France. After this he joined Ken Creer at Edinburgh for some years before coming to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in the 1980s. His early research was in rock and mineral magnetism, but during the last ten years or so his interest has moved to interdisciplinary studies using mainly seismic and potential field techniques as a means to investigate crustal and upper mantle structures onshore and offshore Ireland, and in the North Atlantic. He has a broad interest in geodynamic processes.

Recent publications

  • Proto-Iceland plume caused thinning of Irish lithosphere.
    Landes, M., J.R.R. Ritter and P.W. Readman, 2007. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 255, 32-40.
  • Shelf to slope sedimentation processes in the northeast Atlantic, off NW Ireland, and the impact of Plio-Pleistocene glaciations.
    O’Reilly, B.M., Readman, P.W. and Shannon P.M. 2007. Marine Geology, vol 238, 21-44.
  • A rheological weak zone intensified by the post-rift thermal relaxation as a possible origin of strain localization associated with the reactivation of rifting.
    Yamasaki, T., O’Reilly, B.M. and Readman, P.W., 2006. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 248, 119-131.
  • A N-S receiver function profile across the Variscides and Caledonides of SW Ireland.
    Landes, M., Ritter, J.R.R., O’Reilly, B.M., Readman, P.W. and Do, V.C. 2006. Geophysical Journal International, 166, 814-824.
  • A rheological weak zone intensified by the post-rift thermal relaxation as a possible origin of strain localization associated with the reactivation of rifting.
    Yamasaki, T., O’Reilly, B.M. and Readman, P.W. 2006. Tectonophysics, 248, 119-131.
  • A review of the Irish crustal structure and its signatures from the Caledonian and Variscan orogenies.
    Landes, M., J.R.R. Ritter, P.W. Readman and B.M. O’Reilly, 2005. Terra Nova, 17, 111-120.
  • Crustal thinning, mantle exhumation and serpentinisation in the Porcupine Basin offshore Ireland: Evidence from wide-angle seismic data.
    O’Reilly, B. M., F. Hauser, C. Revaut, P.M. Shannon & P.W. Readman. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 263, 775-787.
  • Shear-wave splitting observation across South-West Ireland.
    V.C. Do, P.W. Readman, B.M. O’Reilly, 2005. Geophysical Journal Letters, 33, L03309, doi:10.1029/2005GL024496.
  • The deep structure of the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland, from gravity and magnetic studies.
    P.W. Readman, B.M. O’Reilly, P.M. Shannon & D. Naylor, 2005. In: Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe: Proceedings of the 6th Conference, The Geological Society, London, 1047-1056.
  • A N-S receiver function profile across the Variscides and Caledonides in SW Ireland.
    M. Landes, J.R.R. Ritter, B.M. O’Reilly, P.W. Readman & V.C. Do, 2005. Submitted to Geophysical Journal International.
  • The crustal structure and regional development of the Irish Atlantic Margin region.
    N.C. Morewood, P.M. Shannon, G.D. Mackenzie, P.W. Readman, B.M. O’Reilly & J. Makris, 2005. In: Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe: Proceedings of the 6 th Conference, The Geological Society, London, 1023-1033.
  • ISLE 2002/3: Search for the Iapetus Suture Zone in Ireland.
    M. Landes, V.C. Do, J.R.R. Ritter, P.W. Readman & B.M. O’Reilly, 2004. EOS, Transactions 85, 337,341.
  • Cold-water coral mounds: evidence for early Holocene climate change and slope failure.
    B.M. O’Reilly, P.W. Readman & P.M. Shannon, 2004. Geophysical Research Letters31, no 7, Lo7204 10.1029/2003GL018619.
  • A review of the Irish crustal structure and its signatures from the Caledonian and Variscan Orogenies.
    M. Landes, J.R.R. Ritter, P.W. Readman & B.M. O’Reilly, 2004. Terra Nova17, 111-120.
  • A gravity map of the Irish western seaboard.
    P.W. Readman, B.M. O’Reilly, T. Murphy & J. Makris, 2003. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences21, 133-142.
  • VARNET-96: Three-dimensional upper-crustal velocity structure of SW Ireland.
    M. Landes, B.M. O’Reilly, P.W. Readman, P.M. Shannon and C. Prodehl, 2003. Geophysical Journal International153, 424-442.
  • A model for the development of a carbonate mound population in the Rockall Trough based on deep-towed sidescan sonar data
    B.M. O’Reilly, P.W. Readman, P.M. Shannon & A.W.B. Jacob, 2003. Marine Geology198, 55-66.
  • Interpretation of transverse gravity lineaments in the Rockall Basin
    K. McGrane, P.W. Readman & B.M. O’Reilly, 2001. In : P.M. Shannon, P.D.W. Haughton & D.V. Corcoran (eds) The Petroleum Exploration of Ireland’s Offshore Basins. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 188, 393-399.
  • The LEGS (Leinster Granite Seismic) experiment.
    P.W. Readman. The Irish Scientist 2001 Year Book (2001) 77.
  • Slope failure features on the margins of the Rockall Trough.
    P.M. Shannon, B.M. O’Reilly, P.W. Readman, A.W.B. Jacob & N.H. Kenyon, 2001. In: P.M. Shannon, P.D.W. Haughton and D.V. Corcoran (eds) The Petroleum Exploration of Ireland’s Offshore Basins, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 188, 455-464.
  • Slope stability and sediment redistribution in the Rockall trough: constraints from GLORIA
    V. Unnithan, P.M. Shannon, K. McGrane, P.W. Readman, A.W.B. Jacob, R. Keary & N.H. Kenyon, 2001. In: P.M. Shannon, P.D.W. Haughton and D.V. Corcoran (eds) The Petroleum Exploration of Ireland’s Offshore Basins, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 188, 439-454.

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