Michael Young

xxxDirector of Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Location: Belfast

Tel: 028 9038 8462

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  • 2011: Director, GSNI
  • 2004–2011: Manager, Tellus Project, GSNI
  • 2000–2003: General Manager, Water Management Consultants Ltda., Chile
  • 2000: MSc, Development Management, Open University
  • 1991–1999: Head of Geophysics, Ministry of Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman
  • 1992: MBA, Warwick University Business School
  • 1979–1991: Chief Geophysicist, Robertson Research International, UK
  • 1978–1979: Senior technical adviser, Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran
  • 1971–1977: Mineral exploration in southern Africa
  • 1971: MSc, DIC (Geophysics), Imperial College, London
  • 1969–1970: Mineral exploration in Canada and Mexico
  • 1968: BSc (Hons. Physics)  University of Bristol

Research interests

  • Mineral and groundwater exploration geophysics


  • Near surface geophysics
  • Airborne geophysics
  • International project management
  • Capacity building and institutional development

Current projects and collaboration

  • Tellus Border Project (INTERREG IVA)

Professional association

  • Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • European Federation of Geologists
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Belfast Geologists’ Society
  • Geophysical Association of Ireland

Published outputs

Key papers

YOUNG, M E. 2005. Water Resources Challenges in the Arab World. In: Lehr, J H and Keely J. (eds) Water Encyclopedia: Water Quality and Resource Development, J Wiley and Sons, New York.

YOUNG, M E, MACUMBER, P G, WATTS, M D and AL-TOUQY, N. 2004. Electromagnetic detection of freshwater lenses in a hyper-arid terrain. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 57, p. 43-61.

YOUNG, M E. 2002. Institutional development for sustainable groundwater management – an Arabian perspective. In: Hiscock, K M, Rivett, M O, and Davison, R M, (eds) Sustainable Groundwater Development, Geological Society Special Publications, 193, 63-74. The Geological Society, London.

YOUNG, M E, AL-TOUQY, N, EL-KHATIM, S, and ADAM, A A. 1999. Geophysical assessment of possible sites for artificial recharge in Oman. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, 32, p. 139-156.

YOUNG, M E, de BRUIJN, R, and AL-ISMAILY, A. 1998. Exploration of an alluvial aquifer in Oman by time-domain electromagnetic sounding. Hydrogeology Journal, 6, p. 383-393.

YOUNG, M E, SOMERTON, I W, FARAG, A S, LEWIS, M J, JAGODITS, F and MILLETT, A. 1991. Magnetic anomaly map of Yemen. Proceedings: 53rd Meeting of the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, Florence, Italy.

BURR A F, IZZELDIN A Y, and YOUNG M E. 1988. A gravity survey of North-western Sudan. Geophysical Journal, 92, 3, p. 558.

YOUNG, M E. 1984. Gravity and magnetic results from Mount Isa district, Australia.  Transactions (B) Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 93, p. B78-B86.

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