Study Examines how Dumped Munitions Move Underwater

University of Delaware graduate students Ken Haulsee (left), Carter DuVal (center) and Tim Pilegard deploy an AUV equipped with an advanced magnetometer for detecting underwater unexploded ordnance (UXO) off of one of the university’s research vessels, RV Joanne Daiber. (Photo courtesy of Carter DuVal)

University of Delaware researchers are studying how unexploded ordnance and munitions that were dumped in the oceans move underwater in order to better locate them for removal. They are using AUVs, sensors and positioning systems to study how fabricated surrogate munitions that they planted at a test site in Delaware Bay move over time depending on sediment, currents and storms.

Read more about the project at the University of Delaware.

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