Buried Waste in the Seabed—Acoustic Imaging and Bio-toxicity

Results from the European SITAR Project

  • Philippe Blondel
  • Andrea Caiti

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. The SITAR Project: background, goals, project structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Ph. Blandel, N. G. Pace, N. Jayasundere, M. Cosci, J. M. Hovem, M. A. Larsen
      Pages 19-24
    3. I. Karasalo, P. Skogqvist
      Pages 25-30
    4. T. Hansson, G. Åkerman, U. Tjärnlund, K. Grunder, Y. Zebühr, H. Sundberg et al.
      Pages 31-38
    5. V. Murino, M. Palmese, A. Trucco
      Pages 39-64
    6. M. Robba, R. Sacile, P. Jonsson, L. Gelaziene
      Pages 65-70
  4. Experimental activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Ph. Blondel, N. Jayasundere, P. F. Dobbins, M. Cosci
      Pages 73-78
    3. P. Moren, A. Caiti, M. Zakharia, M. A. Larsen, Ph. Blondel, J. Dybedal
      Pages 87-101
  5. Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. M. A. Larsen, J. M. Hovem
      Pages 105-111
    3. I. Karasalo, P. Skogqvist, Ph. Blondel, P. F. Dobbins
      Pages 115-125
    4. T. Hansson, G. Åkerman, U. Tjärnlund, K. Grunder, Y. Zebühr, H. Sundberg et al.
      Pages 127-141
    5. A. Caiti, V. Murino, M. Palmese, A. Trucco, M. Zakharia
      Pages 143-165
  6. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. A. Caiti, M. Robba, R. Sacile, P. Jonsson, L. Gelaziene
      Pages 169-174
    3. P. Jonsson
      Pages 175-178
    4. M. Zakharia, Ph. Blondel, J. Dybedal, I. Karasalo, J. M. Hovem, A. Trucco et al.
      Pages 179-182
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. A. Caiti
      Pages 185-187
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 189-235

About this book


Buried waste on the seabed is a major source of pollution. But, very often, waste sites are not known until a serious problem occurs, or are not adequately mapped. Recent examples around Europe include WWI and WWII ammunition dump sites (e.g. Beufort Dyke in the UK), dumped nuclear submarines in the Arctic Seas, clandestine or hidden toxic-waste in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.. Even if properly documented, waste sites evolve with time (dumped material can move with currents and tides, especially on a scale of decades; toxic-material barrels can corrode and leak). This book shows the results of a concerted EU-funded effort to tackle this problem and find innovative ways to identify and map toxic waste sites ona the seabed, whether they have been covered with sediments or not. These results are applicable to any region on the seabed in the entire world.


Acoustic imaging Bio-toxicology Buried targets Geographic Information Systems Geoinformationssysteme Image reconstruction Marine pollution Tide Toxic waste environment marine pollution toxicity

Authors and affiliations

  • Philippe Blondel
    • 1
  • Andrea Caiti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.Interuniversity Centre of Integrated Systems for the Marine EnvironmentUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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