CONMAR consists of eight work packages (WPs). WP1 through WP7 cover the scientific project work. WP8 deals with the administrative requirements of the project.


Stakeholder dialog and governance

  • Continue and increase stakeholder dialog
  • Jointly define and agree on working areas
  • Engage and lead discussions about the governance of marine munition in German waters
  • Inform the public
  • Develop awareness and communication strategy
questions advice
main data link data & knowledge exchange


Priority list of hotspots & cost efficient management strategies

  • Establish a priority list of munition dump areas that need immediate managing
  • Develop management strategies for munition remediation considering ecological and economical constraints
Knowledge input from all work packages of CONMAR


Toxicological risk assessment

  • Establish toxicological threshold levels for MCs in marina fauna and flora
  • Risk assessment for the marine environment
  • Risk assessment for the consumption of seafood from the North/Baltic Sea
data extraction for assessment


Federated database concept for the Marine Munition Data Compilation


  • Agreeing on German-wide data management concept
  • Open up data silos for federated data access and analysis
data upload and use data upload and use


Inventory of munition and MCs in Baltic/North Sea

  • Munition Detection and quantification
  • State and progress of corrosion
  • Chemical contamination in water, sediment, pore water
  • Spreading of particulates


Biological and ecological studies & experiments

  • Ecological & habitat mapping
  • Inventory of contamination in fauna
  • Lab- and in-situ experiments on MC toxicity
  • Tranfer of MCs between trophic levels
  • Analytical method comparison


Oceanographic modelling

  • GETM model adaption, enhancement for particle transport, additional MCs
  • Additional factors that impact MC spreading and concentration change
  • Prognostic understanding and long-term evolution (climate change)
Design of the CONMAR project, showing the interconnections between WPs.

WP1: Stakeholder dialogue, governance and public communication

One of the central objectives of the project is to provide practical recommendations to policy makers and the private sector on how to address the munition problem and to inform the general public accordingly. Thererfore, the consortium performs a stakeholder dialogue, map the governance structure and develop a communication strategy.

WP2: Federated database concept and access to marine munition relevant data in German waters

Well informed decision making depends on access to qualified data and their interpretation. The current problem with respect to marine munition is the lack of an approach to combine different data sets and provide at least one centralised web-portal for data access. This WP addresses this issue.

WP3: Environmental distribution of munitions-derived pollutants and controls on their source

In WP3 basic parameters concerning amount and type of munition, the origin of munitions-related pollutants, and processes that regulate their release, distribution and natural attenuation will be determined.

WP4: Ecological and biological assessments in dump and reference areas

Ecological studies will include detailed investigations of the habitat differences between munition contaminated and non-contaminated areas. Sampling of different faunal species and subsequent analyses of various MCs in different body parts will inform about the incorporation of MC into organisms. Based on these analyses the transfer of MCs between trophic levels will be investigated. Specific lab and field studies will inform about uptake, health effects and toxicity levels in different fauna.

WP5: Distribution processes and patterns of munition related contaminants

When MCs are dissolved in the water column or when particles separate from the main body of explosive material, many natural processes determine their distribution. WP5 was designed to better understand these patterns and to predict how MC contamination can spread throughout the North and Baltic Seas.

WP6: Toxicological risk assessment of munition in the seas

Toxicological risk assessments are relevant for the marine ecosystem and human seafood consumer. The hazard potential of a given chemical has to be determined by experimental investigations to define the toxicological endpoint in specific target tissues in animal and human studies alike. The exposure has to be estimated, i.e. the nature and extent to which animals or people are exposed to the chemicals, and joint considerations of hazard potential and exposure result in an estimation of the actual risk.

WP7: Priority lists of hot spots and cost-efficient management strategies

Building on the state of the art in science and technology and the output of WP1 through 6, WP7 will develop tailored management strategies for selected munition dump sites and contaminated areas.

WP8: Project coordination

This WP concerns all work that is not directly related to the scientific content. We will establish a coordination office.