Other project members
Yahya Jani, Laura Ferrans and Stefan Tobiasson, Linnaeus University; Tomas Lexinger, Kalmar Municipality
Kalmar Municipality (co-ordinator), Linnaeus University
EU's LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate, and Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (total budget Euro 3,526,582)
June 2017-July 2021
Environmental science (Department of biology and environmental science, Faculty of health and life sciences)
More about the project
Dredging of sediments is an action associated with every harbour, bay and water body to guarantee navigation levels as well as reduce pollution risks. Conventional dredging practice is usually connected with disturbing the aquatic system and the surrounding environment. Also, the dredged sediments are dumped either as wastes at landfills or in open oceans.
This project aims at demonstrating, validating and controlling a cost-effective and innovative dredging technique with minimum impacts on the surrounding environment compared to the conventional dredging methods. The Life Sure project is also considering the recycling/reusing of the dredged sediments in different beneficial uses, such as construction and agriculture, instead of dumping them at landfills as wastes.
This project runs in collaboration between Kalmar Municipality (as the project leader) and Linnaeus University, with the help of entrepreneurs and decision makers. The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) at Linnaeus University is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the proposed dredging system regarding its environmental friendliness, cost-effectiveness and easy to use system. Methods for extraction of valuables like metals and nutrients will be also investigated by researchers from Linnaeus University, with the aim of returning these resources back to the circular economy as secondary raw materials as well as reserving the Earth's natural resources for future needs.