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Students involved in Baltic Sea chemical munitions assessments


Students at the Warsaw University of Technology are building a remote controlled underwater robot, which will be used to investigate chemical munitions burried underwater in the Baltic Sea. 


The robot will be used to collect samples from munitions dumpsites and analyse the potential risks to the environment. Swimming along the bottom, it will help assess whether the munitions are corroding, open or leaking hazardous materials and will collect water samples for analysis in the lab. The goal is to design a robot which minimally disturbs the sea bottom so as to avoid moving silt, which distorts the images. The first version of the robot will be tested in the waters of the Baltic Sea in September. 


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CHEMSEA (Chemical Munitions, Search and Assessment) is a flagship project of the Baltic Sea Region Strategy, financed by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The project was initiated in autumn 2011 and will last through early 2014. It has a budget of 4.5M, which is part-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. The project is under the leadership of the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN).

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