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Modelling of Ecological Risks related to Sea-dumped Chemical Weapons

Modelling of Ecological Risks related to Sea-dumped Chemical Weapons

Objective

The MERCW proposal focuses on the study of chemical munition dump sites in the Baltic Sea and Skagerrak area. Through focused site investigations an assessment will be made of the ecological risks related to the dumped warfare for the marine ecosystem an d people. The main objectives of the project involve: -To develop and apply innovative, integrated geophysical, geo- and hydrochemical, hydrographical, and hydrobiological site investigations; -To evaluate and model the release, migration and degradation of toxic compounds as well as their degradation products in the environment; -To develop a regional ecological risk assessment model using innovative visualisation. The project workplan involves the implementation of 8 linked workpackages and will (2) ana lyse existing data and integrated geophysical remote sensing investigations including seismics, magnetometry, side-scan sonar, electromagnetic and bathymetric measurements, and (3) acquire hydrographical, geo- and hydrochemical, and hydrobiological info rmation around the dumpsites (seawater structure and motion, general properties of bottom sediments, presence of toxic compounds). The findings are analysed together with (4) 3D models of physical processes that control propagation of toxic compounds in t he bottom sediments seawater system, and (5) a generic model for the trophic enrichment of toxins, to be developed in the project. The models will be applied separately and combined for scenario studies to estimate the risks of bioaccumulation of CW produ cts in the food web. The ecological risk value (ERV) of the modelled risks will be assessed (6) for marine ecosystems and people. Innovative visualisation, Virtual Reality technology and interactive data analysis will be applied (7). The resulting scenario s are crucial to support decision-making, risk analysis, and emergency plans. A documented database will be constructed (8) and project results disseminated towards end-users and the public.

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Coordinator

SUOMEN YMPÄRISTÖKESKUS

Address

Mechelininkatu 34a
140 Helsinki

Finland

Administrative Contact

Juha-markku LEPPÄNEN (Dr)

Participants (9)

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SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - ATLANTIC BRANCH

Russia

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

SAINT-PETERSBURG SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CENTER OF ECOLOGICAL SAFETY

Russia

RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION "TYPHOON"

Russia

UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA

Latvia

G-TEC

Belgium

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT BONN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 13408

  • Start date

    1 November 2005

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 810 639

  • EU contribution

    € 2 247 062

Coordinated by:

SUOMEN YMPÄRISTÖKESKUS

Finland