A follow-up project of the PA HAZARDS Flagship Project „Assess the need to clean up chemical weapons” (2009-2014).
leader: Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection, Poland. (http://www.gios.gov.pl/)
project period: 2013-2016
UMBRELLA is a cluster project created to minimize redundancy among projects on dumped chemical munitions in the Baltic Sea region. Its aim is to disseminate knowledge and to promote interdisciplinary approach towards improvement of capacity for research and response regarding the threats of chemical munitions dumped in the Baltic Sea. The website promotes projects, initiatives and organizations, as well as gathers official documents, scientific and press articles, videos and events focused on dumped chemical munitions.
After the end of World War II, by virtue of the Potsdam Agreement, the arsenal of chemical munitions belonging to the Third Reich was dumped in the sea by the allies. Therefore, most of munitions are located in the Baltic Sea and in the North Sea.
The officially confirmed Baltic dumping sites of chemical munitions are located in the Gotland Deep and Bornholm Deep – while there are reasonable suspicions that munitions were also dumped in other locations.