Chemical Munitions Search and Assessment (CHEMSEA)

CHEMSEA is a co-operation of leading scientific institutes and maritime decision makers established in order to assess and minimise risks related to sea-bottom activities near dumping sites of World War II chemical warfare agents (CWA). CHEMSEA will increase safety of underwater activities by defining guidelines and educating the relevant stakeholders and administrations. 

Ecological risk assessment taking into account different dispersion scenarios will help maritime administration to assess the environmental effects as well as human health hazard in selected offshore areas in case of CWA accident, and act responsibly in case of a major disaster. CHEMSEA will propose updated and unified guidelines, including recommendations for CWA hot-spots where special procedures should be applied. New methods for environmental effects analysis of CWAs will be developed and tested under laboratory and field conditions (Bornholm Basin). CHEMSEA also fills gaps in CWA research by screening for dumped munitions in the so-far not examined dumping site in the Gotland Deep and suspected locations, such as the Gdansk Deep.

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Raisa Turja and Senior Research Scientist Kari Lehtonen, Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE,

Published 2013-04-04 at 14:50, updated 2014-01-29 at 15:50