Activiteiten | DISARM project


The proposed research is highly interdisciplinary and combines/integrates innovative methodologies and approaches from a wide range of disciplines: (marine) geophysics, hydrogeology, marine geotechnics, geochemistry, microbial ecology, (eco)toxicology, analytical and environmental chemistry, corrosion and explosion research.

Activity 1: Burial depth assessment and targeted in-depth sampling (lead: VLIZ)

  • WP1.1. Historical depth information

  • WP1.2. Determination of the burial depth

  • WP1.3. Deep sampling

Activity 2: Physical, biological and chemical characterization of the dumpsite

  • WP2.1. Biogenic gas assessment (lead: VLIZ)

  • WP2.2. Freshwater flux assessment (lead: UG-HYDRO)

  • WP2.3. Assessment of microbial communities at the dumpsite (lead: UG-CMET)

  • WP2.4. Chemical analysis of the dumpsite (lead: RBINS & RMA)

  • WP2.5. Ecotoxicological analysis of the dumpsite (lead: UA-SPHERE & UG-GhEnToxLab)

Activity 3:  Assessment of the physicochemical state of the bomb casings (lead: AMA)

  • WP3.1. Experimental approach (

  • WP3.2. Statistical analysis and modelling

Activity 4: Risk assessment of chemicals at the dumpsite (explosives and warfare agents)

  • WP4.1. Development of suitable testing facilities (lead: UA-SPHERE & UG-GhEnToxLab)

  • WP4.2. Spatial distribution of the bioavailable fraction (lead: RBINS)

  • WP4.3. Ecotoxicity (lead: RBINS)

  • WP4.4. Dynamic modelling of chemical dispersion and evaluation of associated ecological and human risk (lead: UA-SPHERE)

Activity 5: explosion risk (lead: RMA)

  • WP5.1. Development of a general strategy for explosion risk analysis)

  • WP5.2. Study of the ageing of explosives compounds in seawater

  • WP5.3. Underwater test campaign

  • WP5.4: Assessment of the explosion risk at the Paardenmarkt

Activity 6: Biological remediation (lead: UG-CMET)

  • WP6.1. Enriching and isolating toxic agent degrading communities

  • WP6.2. Constructing collaboromes for optimal performance

  • WP6.3. Identifying the mechanisms of good performing collaboromes

  • WP6.4. Inoculation strategies

Activity 7: Synthesis of scientific workflow, new technologies and policy information (lead: VLIZ)

  • WP7.1: Evaluation of new technologies

  • WP7.2: Scientific workflow for dumpsite research and risk assessment

  • WP7.3: Data inventory and policy information