New Research Results

A. Synthesis report of the available data

The first public report of the MERCW project includes a thorough and detailed analysis of the different dumpsites, and it forms the starting point for all other activities within the project. The synthesis will focus on the following aspects:

1. History of the anthropogenic inputs: type of dumped munitions, type and amount of toxic compounds, mode of dumping operations, time frame;
2. Natural environment: geology, hydrography, sediment dynamics, hydrodynamics, ecotoxicology, and biology;
3. Former research carried out at the dumpsite: a thorough analysis of the results of former investigations allows better insight into the dumpsite characteristics and their present status.

In a separate Annex additional information is given on (1) the different chemical warfare compounds, and (2) standard German ammunition containing chemical warfare agents.

B. Articles published in the framework of the MERCW project

H. Sanderson, P. Fauser, M. Thomsen, P. B. Sørensen, 2007. PBT screening of chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Journal of Hazardous Materials, 148: 210-215.

H. Sanderson, P. Fauser, M. Thomsen, P. B. Sørensen, 2008. Screening level fish community risk assessment of chemical warfare agents in the Baltic Sea Journal of Hazardous Materials, 154: 846-857

Hans Sanderson, Patrik Fauser, Marianne Thomsen, Peter B. Sørensen, 2008. Human health screening risk assessment of dumped chemical warfare agents (CWAs) in the Baltic Sea. Journal of Hazardous Materials, In Press.

H. Sanderson, P. Fauser, M. Thomsen. 2008. DPSIR and risk assessment of dumped chemical warfare agents in the Baltic Sea. Book Chapter for NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Analysis for Environmental Security and Non-chemical Stressors, In Press.

A. Gress, M. Guthe, R. Klein. 2006. GPU-based Collision Detection for Deformable Parameterized Surfaces. In E. Groller, L.Szirmay-Kalos (eds), Computer Graphics Forum, 25 (3), 497-506.
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N. Golenko, V. Paka, M. Golenko, A. Korzh, 2008. Meso-scale water structure in the southern Baltic in the summer 2006. Journ. Marine Systems, in press.

Emelyanov E.M., Kravtsov V.A. 2007. Cause of elevated As concentration in the Baltic Sea and Vistula Lagoon. Geochemistry International, v. 45, No 8 pp. 798-815.

Emelyanov E.M., 2007. The geochemical and geoecological situation in the areas of the Skagerrak and the Baltic Sea where chemical munition was dumped. Geologija, Vilnius, No 59, p. 8-29.

Tine Missiaen & Pascal Feller. 2008. VHR seismic and magnetic investigations of a chemical munition dumpsite in the Baltic Sea. Geophyisical Prospecting, In Press.

C. Conference Papers

Pavel Borodin, Alexander Greß and Reinhard Klein. Visualization Aspects in the MERCW Project. Proceedings of The 2nd US/EU-Baltic International Symposium, May 2006.
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Natalia Goncharova, Pavel Borodin and Alexander Greß. GIS for planning, navigation acquisition and visualization of results for the study of chemical munition dumpsites in the Baltic Sea. In Y. Chen, I. Cluckie, K. Takara (eds.), Proceedings of 2nd International Conference of GIS/RS in Hydrology, Water Resources and Environment (ICGRHWE '07) / 2nd International Symposium on Flood Forecasting and Management with GIS and Remote Sensing (FM2S '07), September 2007.
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Martin Schneider and Reinhard Klein. Enhancing Textured Digital Elevation Models Using Photographs. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on 3D Data Processing, Visualization and Transmission (3DPVT '08), pp. 261-268, June 2008.
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A. Greß, G. Zachmann. GPU-ABiSort: Optimal Parallel Sorting on Stream Architectures. Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2006), IEEE Computer Society, ISBN 1-4244-0054-6, April 2006.
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Photos: Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (2006)

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