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24.08.2017 10:31

New project to develop innovative methods for improved remote sensing of the seafloor in the Baltic Sea

The BONUS ECOMAP project will start its three-year implementation on 1 September 2017.

This brings the number of projects funded from the ’BONUS call 2015: Blue Baltic’ to 12. A total amount of EUR 30 million will fund these projects for 2.5-3 years – until 2020.    

BONUS ECOMAP will introduce new, innovative opto-acoustic remote sensing, mapping, and monitoring that will enable researchers to obtain a more comprehensive and holistic view on the Baltic Sea seafloor. Habitats that are considered indicators of ecosystem diversity and health, such as sea grass meadows, reef-building macrofauna and stone reefs will be remote sensed with latest technologies of hydroacoustics, adapted shallow seismics, customised in situ laser methods and state-of-the-art airborne lidar.

The project will deliver case studies valuable for the emerging market of environmental monitoring and spatial planning tools. It will also support companies and stakeholders to recognise assets and drawbacks of latest technology.

BONUS ECOMAP is coordinated by Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Germany. Other partners from Germany include Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, INNOMAR Technologie GmbH Rostock, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG in Seefeld. The Danish partners include Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen and University of Copenhagen. From Poland, both NORBIT-POLAND in Sopot and University of Gdansk are participating in the project.

“We welcome BONUS ECOMAP to our projects’ community and look forward to reaping results that new measurement techniques being introduced to the remote sensing of the seafloor of our vulnerable Baltic Sea will bring”, says Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director, BONUS EEIG.    

With BONUS ECOMAP now on board, the BONUS-funded projects are 40-strong and worth close to EUR 100 million. Also several more projects will get funding already next year from the currently open ‘BONUS call 2017: Synthesis’. All BONUS projects contribute towards the sustainable development agenda and ecosystem based management action of the Baltic Sea as well as the wider protection of European seas.

Projects funded from the ‘BONUS call 2015: Blue Baltic’:

BONUS BALTHEALTH – Baltic Sea multilevel health impacts on key species of anthropogenic hazardous substances, Project Coordinator Rune Dietz, Aarhus University, Denmark

BONUS BASMATI – Baltic Sea maritime spatial planning for sustainable ecosystem services, Project Coordinator Henning Sten Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark

BONUS BLUEWEBS – Blue growth boundaries in novel Baltic food webs, Project Coordinator Laura Uusitalo, Finnish Environment Institute

BONUS CLEANAQ – Innovative removal of N, P and organic matter in effluents from recirculating aquaculture systems, Project Coordinator Per Bovbjerg Pedersen, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark

BONUS CLEANWATER – Eco-technological solutions to remove micro-pollutants and micro-plastic from contaminated water, Project Coordinator Kai Bester, Aarhus University, Denmark

BONUS ECOMAP – Baltic Sea environmental assessments by opto-acoustic remote sensing, mapping and monitoring, Projects Coordinator Jens Schneider von Deimling, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

BONUS FLAVOPHAGE – Bacteriophage based technology for pathogen control in aquaculture, Project Coordinator Mathias Middelboe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

BONUS INTEGRAL – Integrated carbon and trace gas monitoring for the Baltic Sea, Project Coordinator Gregor Rehder, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany

BONUS MICROPOLL – Multilevel assessment of microplastics and associated pollutants in the Baltic Sea, Project Coordinator Sonja Oberbeckmann, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany

BONUS OPTIMUS – Optimisation of mussel mitigation cultures for fish feed in the Baltic Sea, Project Coordinator Jens Kjerulf Petersen, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark

BONUS RETURN – Reducing emissions by turning nutrients and carbon into benefits, Project Coordinator Marcus Carson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

BONUS SEAMOUNT New surveillance tools for remote sea monitoring and their application on submarine groundwater discharges and seabed surveys, Project Coordinator Rudolf Bannasch, EvoLogics GmbH, Germany

More information about the ‘BONUS call 2015: Blue Baltic’ projects at  and all BONUS projects

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BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda.  Half of the funding for the EUR 100 million programme comes from the national research funding institutions around the Baltic Sea, the other half from the EU. 

Key policies that the policy driven BONUS research programme supports include the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other coastal and marine environmental policies and plans.

Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director, BONUS EEIG, tel. +358 (0) 40 581 1189, kaisa.kononen(at)

Maija Sirola, Communications Manager, BONUS EEIG, tel. +358 (0)40 352 0076, maija.sirola(at)

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