New innovative underwater vehicles for studying submarine groundwater discharge and associated nutrient fluxes

Coordinator: Rudolf Bannasch, EvoLogics GmbH
Total budget: EUR 2.9 million
Duration: 3 years, 1.4.2017-31.3.2020

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The BONUS SEAMOUNT project has two main objectives:

-To develop innovative remote sensing technologies for complex real-time sea surveys, analysis and monitoring. These technologies integrate and optimize sensors in underwater vehicles of versatile character, adaptable to the objectives and characteristics of each mission. Vehicles will transmit collected data using efficient bionic communication system. AUVs will be also equipped with innovative NOA DRIVE bionic propulsion system for improved AUV payload capacity and maneuverability. This new technology will be efficient and easy to use. Deployment, operation and recovery will be quick and easy.

-To test and deploy this technology in a complex Baltic Sea survey project for the detection and monitoring of submarine groundwater discharges (SGD) and studying the seabed integrity. Simultaneous inspection of the seabed and the water column will be performed in order to obtain complex data, relevant for the understanding of the implications of the seabed morphology and geological characteristics on the occurrence of SGD. Most relevant detected SGD will be continuously monitored to determine nutrient and pollutant fluxes, study their importance for the Baltic Sea nutrient balance and ecological status, and understand the influence of human activities. Integrated hydrogeological modeling will be carried out for coastal catchments. Collected data will be made available to the scientific community and policy makers through the European Geological Data Infrastructure ( and the European Marine Observation and Data Network ( for a better understanding of the Baltic Sea, and for maritime spatial planning.

Keywords: submarine groundwater discharge, real-time sea monitoring methods, underwater monitoring network, Noa Drive,  bionic propulsion system, hydrogeological modeling

Partners: Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland

For more information visit the BONUS SEAMOUNT's website and the BONUS projects' website.