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Environmental security of the port and harbors' sediments
Author(s): Jasmina Obhodas; Vladivoj Valkovic; Sudac Davorin; Dario Matika; Ivica Pavić
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Paper Abstract

While polluted sediments present a threat to the health of the marine ecosystem and indirectly to the public health, ammunition dump sites being mostly unprotected and neglected, present a serious threat to human security, environmental security and could be possible objects of misuse. Of special interest are sediments in ports and marinas. Those are the places where any suspicious object needs to be analyzed for the presence of explosives and CW. After analyzing several hundreds of sediment samples collected along the Adriatic coast, it has been found that they could be grouped in 7 categories: bays, beaches, villages, ports, marinas - pier area, marina - service areas and others. We have shown that the sediments in ports and harbors contain increased values of elements present in antifouling paints (Cu, As, Zn and Pb). Their presence modifies the response of survey probes while screening the sea floor for the presence of explosives and CW.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7306, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI, 73061L (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817534
Show Author Affiliations
Jasmina Obhodas, Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Croatia)
Vladivoj Valkovic, A.C.T., d.o.o. (Croatia)
Sudac Davorin, Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Croatia)
Dario Matika, Institute for Researches and Development of Defense Systems (Croatia)
Ivica Pavić, Ministry of Defence, Croatian Navy (Croatia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7306:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI
B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar; Craig S. Halvorson; Šárka O. Southern; Salil Prabhakar; Arun A. Ross, Editor(s)

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