Seafloor imaging and toxicity: assessment of risks caused by buried waste (SITAR)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Energy, environment and sustainable development

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2002
End date: 31/12/2004
Funding: 2112720 EUR


SITAR overall objective is to enable the making of oceanographic instrumentation and systems to assess the risk posed by toxic dumpsites in which a relevant part of the waste containers is buried within the sediment. In particular, the project aims at: developing acoustic methods and instrumentation for imaging of water containers of small dimension buried in unconsolidated sediments; developing biological testing methods to determine the relative in-site bio accumulated toxicity at a contaminated site; integrating and making accessible the imaging data and the biotoxicological information to end-users and decision-makers. The techniques developed by the project will be tested firstly in controlled conditions, and then in operational conditions at a known site in the Baltic Sea, where toxic dumping occurred in the past-World War II years.

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