The factors that govern the migration of marine UXO are not well understood. One research team in the USA is now attempting to change that.

Over the past 15 years US scientists have been tracking the progress and burial state of fake UXO items in shallow marine environments.

By adding sensors to objects with densities and shapes similar to UXO, data on environmental conditions can be analysed. Their goal is to better predict where historic munitions from WWII offshore bombing ranges will concentrate decades later. Areas of population at risk from migrating UXO can then be targeted with cost effective remediation works.

An interview with one of the research team can be found here. This interesting piece shines a light on the issue of historic weapons ranges and their hazardous legacy.

Marine uxo research
Scientists place objects that mimic munitions on the seafloor off the coast. Scientific instruments then measure waves, currents, and sediment movement to learn how uxo is affected.

Detailed UXO Risk Assessment

The effect the sea has on marine UXO at a given location can clearly be significant and therefore requires analysis. In addition, coastlines the world over have complex military histories, which in some cases results in complex UXO contamination issues.

Consequently, Brimstone would always recommend that a Detailed UXO Risk Assessment is carried out prior to any coastal engineering works.

In the UK, long stretches of coastline were fortified during WWII, in response to the anticipated German invasion. This creates a unique hazard, mainly concentrated in southern and eastern England.

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