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.

Presenting UDEMM at MEER KONTAKTE (08 - 09 November 2017) in Kiel

In collaboration with the "Sea our future" initiative of the federal ministry of Schleswig-Holstein, the expert comittee "Munition im Meer", and the start-up EGEOS the UDEMM project was presented at the company fair MEER KONTAKTE including the showing of a demo mine.

Here, interested visitors could inform themselves about the work of GEOMAR and the toxicological institute of the CAU in Kiel within the framework of "Munition im Meer".

from left to right: Jens Sternheim (MELUND), Dr. Bernd Buchholz
(Minister for  Economy, Traffic, Employment, Technology and Tourism of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), Leif Nebel (Fa. EGGERS), Mareike Kampmeier (GEOMAR), Claus Böttcher (MELUND)

UDEMM-Symposium am IOW in Warnemünde

Hier finden Sie einige der Vorträge vom 15. Mai 2017 im Rahmen des UDEMM-Symposiums:

The State Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization (MELUND) published the fifth report on munitions in German North Sea and Baltic Sea waters (German language only). You can find the media release here. For additional information please visit the official homepage.

International Collaboration

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).


UDEMM-Symposium at the IOW in Warnemünde

On the 15th and 16th of May 2017, scientists working on the UDEMM project met with guests from related projects (e.g. ROBEMM, DAIMON) to present the most recent results of their research and in addition to discuss the current state of the ammunition contamination of the seas.


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

11/12/2017 - 15/12/2017 FS Littorina  Sediment- and water sampling; Changing of the mussel bags and ADCP




05/16/2017: The SHZ publishes two articles reporting also on the UDEMM symposium (05/15/2017 & 05/16/2017)

05/15/2017: The NDR reports on the UDEMM symposium in Warnemünde (Video available)

05/12/2017: The KN reports on the progress of the UDEMM research project

Further press releases about UDEMM (german only):

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).

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


03/2016 - 02/2019