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Innovators II - Ballast Water

Ballast Water Risk Index

The intrusion of invasive species into oceanic waters and especially coastal waters is among the four highest risks for our marine environment. Ballast Water is one of the sources of invasive species. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has drafted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, an international convention to prevent the potentially devastating effects of the spread of harmful aquatic organisms carried by ships' ballast water.

Project References
 Name Innovators II - Ballast Water
 Title Ballast Water Risk Index
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Innovators
International Conventions
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/01/2009-30/11/2010)
Project Description

The objective of the BallastWater project is to provide a Ballast Water Risk Index for the North Sea and Baltic Sea combining EO data and ground information. A ship dependent and averaged risk index has been developed serving two different use cases. Ballast water is a complex and global challenge; this project shall show on regional level the potential of the described products for decisions on ballast water exchange.

 Results Ballast Water Risk preparatory User Consultation
ESA satellite data reduce invasion of alien species (web story)
Product User Guide
WAQSS - Water Quality Service System: a service for coastal management
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Brockmann Consult Gmbh : Brockmann Consult Gmbh, Germany
User Partnership
 Users BSH : Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr. Kerstin Stelzer
Brockmann Consult
Max-Planck-Str. 2
21502 Geesthacht
Tel: +49.4152.889.307
 Technical Officer Dr. Bojan Bojkov
European Space Agency/ESRIN
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel.: +39 06-941.80543
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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