Environmental monitoring for the delaboration of munitions on the seabed (UDEMM)

In 2011, experts estimated that approximately 300,000 metric tons of dumped conventional munitions are resting on the seabed of the German part of the Baltic Sea. Another 1.3 million metric tons of munitions is belived to be deposited in the German part of the Noth Sea, However, the environental hazards do not stop at national borders, since also Polish, Danish and Dutch waters are affected by a potential release of dangerous chemicals from the rotting ammunition into the water column.

Thus, detecting and delaborating this dangerous legacy from past generations is an enormous challenge for politicians, authorities, historians and marine scientists on a European scale. International projects, funded by the European Commision and NATO also contribute to assessing the potential risks and developing a systematic method to decontaminate munition dumping sites.

In the framework of the UDEMM project, scientists of different partner institutions investigate four relevant aspects concerning the effects of underwater munitions. This project is conducted in close collaboration with the Projektträger Jülich (PtJ) and the technology project RoBEMM ("Robotic underwater salvage and disposal process with the technology to remove explosive ordnance in the sea, in particular in coastal and shallow waters")  to achieve the best possible result to develop a both economically viable and autonomous (without divers) as well as environmental friendly (without detonating) method to in-situ (underwater) delaborate potentially dangerous mines and other explosives.

Funding of approximately 1.6 million € for the UDEMM project is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the special program "Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)".

Please be invited to read more about

As the German Federal State struggling most with the consequences of sea dumped munitions, the state government of Schleswig-Holstein provides general information on this topic on behalf of the German Program on Underwater Munitions: www.underwatermunitions.de.

The Federal Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas published the fifth research report on ammunition in German North and Baltic Sea waters. You can find the press release here. For the full report please visit the official homepage (german only).

News

Publication

The firth research report on ammunition in the German North and Baltic Sea was published by the Federal Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein (german only):

Upcoming cruises

24/04/2017 - 28/04/2017 FS Littorina Hydroacoustic mapping
26/06/2017
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30/06/2017
FS Littorina

Hydoacoustic and visual mapping; Sediment- and water sampling; Changing of the mussel bags and ADCP

09/08/2017
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10/08/2017
Clupea Deployment of fish baskets (flatfish) together with the DAIMON project (Decision Aid for Marine Munitions)
06/09/2017
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08/09/2017
Walter Herwig III Recovery of the fish baskets (flatfish) together with the DAIMON project (Decision Aid for Marine Munitions)
25/09/2017
- 28/09/2017
FS Littorina Hydoacoustic and visual mapping; Sediment- and water sampling; Changing of the mussel bags and ADCP

 

International Cooperation

Attendance of the first conference of the thematically closely related international project DAIMON (10/17/2016 - 10/19/2016) in Goslar.

The participants of the first DAIMON conference in Goslar (17 - 19 Oct 2016). 

Blog

Here you can find the latest information and proceedings within UDEMM as well as stories and not all-strictly scientific impressions from and around the project. 

Press

04/10/2017: The Federal Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas (MELUR) of Schleswig-Holstein publishes the fifth research report on ammunition in the German North and Baltic Sea waters (german only).

04/10/2017: The results of this report are also taken on by the press (Ostsee-Zeitung) and the radio (NDR) - (german only).

Further press releases about UDEMM (german only):

10/15/2016: The Berliner Zeitung publishes an article about the joined UDEMM / ROBEMM project and the efforts to delaborate old submarine mines and ordnances (german only).

06/30/2016: The NDR-Welle Nord attends a cruise with the research barge "Polarfuchs".

Please follow this link to learn more.

04/05/2016: The "Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR)", the SHZ and the "Kieler Nachrichten (KN)" report on the successful commencement of the work within the UDEMM project, its purpose and measures.

10/08/2015: The "Kieler Nachrichten (KN)" publishes an article about the efforts of the joined ROBEMM / UDEMM project to successfully develop an automated method to delaborate underwater mines and ordnances.

Project number:
03F0747A, B, C

 

Duration:
03/2016 - 02/2019