BASTA (Boost Applied munition detection through Smart data inTe­gration and AI workflows) aims at advancing the approach for munition detection both on local and a larger scale. The project seeks to advance data acqui­sition through ultra-high-resolution 3D sub-bottom profiling (SBP) and intelligent autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) based magnetic mapping as part of an adaptive and iterative survey approach. In addition, it will foster sustainable use of survey and historical data within a multi-sensor database. Conducting data analysis of big data by means of artificial intelligence should lead to new approaches in detection and identification of munition. New tools, methods and workflows will be discussed with stakeholders, with the aim of formalizing recom­mendations for munitions detection for industry and government players.

In order to achieve these ambitious targets a consortium of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), G-Tec SA and GmbH has been formed. The project is funded for the duration from December 2019 until November 2022 by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Union in the „Blue Labs” program (Grant Agreement No 863702). is responsible for the development of the multi-sensor database. Marine hydroacoustic and geophysical data will be gathered from stakeholders and project internal field surveys. Different AI algorithms should be tested to automatically detect munition in these data sets. The visualization will be integrated into the existing platform.