GEOMAR is one of 19 Helmholtz Centres in Germany that undertake research in any aspect of science. GEOMAR is one of three marine centres within Helmholtz, mainly working in the open ocean, but in some cases also close to shore. GEOMAR covers many aspects of marine research, ranging from physical oceanography, marine meteorology, geology and geophysics, benthic and pelagic biogeochemistry to biology and microbiology. In addition to its scientific tasks, GEOMAR operates large scale equipment, among them three AUVs, two ROVs and smaller systems like mobile multibeam systems, a large number of lander-based and seafloor deployable camera systems and many others. In ProBaNNt, GEOMAR's DeepSea Monitoring group is involved, which has experience in numerous projects in the issue of munitions in the sea.
Role in ProBaNNt
GEOMAR-DSM coordinates the ProBaNNt project both in terms of project content and administrative issues (WP6). Throughout the project, GEOMAR establishes the infrastructure for an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) database and support SeaTerra during EOD data collection. Furthermore, the center is the leading partner of WP4. It deals with the generation of 3D munitions object reconstruction based on photogrammetric and acoustic data. During the project, GEOMAR conducts at least two field campaigns to munitions dumpsite Kolberger Heide to acquire data for WP 4 and to support IO PAN in gathering data for WP3. Finally, GEOMAR designs a new approach for risk based decision making during EOD campaigns (WP5). For this purpose, it converges the results of all work packages to allow for a comprehensive object specific risk assessment.
SeaTerra is a registered German munitions survey and clearance company (§ 7 of German Explosives law). Over the past 20 years, SeaTerra performed several thousand of individual munitions clearance operations and numerous munitions survey projects in different countries all over the world but mainly in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Austria, Serbia and Finland). SeaTerra developed several software packages for survey planning, survey execution, data collection and data interpretation. SeaTerra possesses a huge field dataset of interpretations, target lists and protocols of munitions found, investigated, cleared or detonated.
Role in ProBaNNt
SeaTerra is the leading partner of WP1. Due to its many years of experience in EOD, the company's data from past clearance campaigns serve as a basis for the EOD database that is generated during the project. SeaTerra imports its data into the database to allow for unprecedented opportunities for EOD data analysis. The company furthermore supports GEOMAR by providing feedback on 3D object reconstructions and the new EOD support tool.
IO PAN has participated in and led numerous projects dealing with the issue of munitions in the Baltic Sea. Most notably, the instutude coodrdinated the Interreg-Baltic project DAIMON. In this project risk estimation methods were developed and bundled in a strategic Decision Support System (DSM). DAIMON outputs such as munitions datasets and environmental data can be utilized as inputs to the EOD database and thus serve as an input to the EOD support tool. IO PAN furthermore studied the spread of munitions constituents in a former EOD site.
Role in ProBaNNt
In ProBaNNt, IO PAN is the leading partner of WP2 and WP3. The institute coordinates the partners' efforts to collect data in the field. It conducts at least one field campaign in Gdansk deep and joins during one cruise to Kolberger Heide in Germany. Together with CTM, IO PAN develops and tests the critical shear stress device (CSSD) to enable in-situ measurements of sediment mobility. The data that are generated during the field campaigns with the CSSD are used to improve sediment mobilization models. Furthermore, the partner supports GEOMAR in the collection and processing of acoustic data for the generation of 3D object reconstructions.
OBR CTM is a polish technolog development company that focuses on underwater object detection. The company was engaged in the BURMIN project, dedicated to search and disposal of sea mines, especially those buried in sediments. During the project, CTM tested gradiometers, fluxgate magnetometers, synthetic aperture sonar, electromagnetic and electrochemical sensors and integrated them into one platform. CTM is therefore experienced in the application of all these sensors and makes the platform available during ProBaNNt. CTM also has capacities to perform survey data analysis and to develop data fusion algorithms.
Role in ProBaNNt
CTM supports IO PAN in the design and construction of the CSSD (WP3). The partner participates in field campaigns both to test the CSSD and to allow the utilization of the multisensor platform.