PhD Candidate funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
The research project “Mapping potential wreck sites with seafloor data - scientific, social and legal considerations”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust is interdisciplinary with a supervisory team comprising Dr Fraser Sturt (Archaeology), Dr Justin Dix (Ocean and Earth Science), Professor Mikis Tsimplis (Law and Ocean Sciences) and Andy Liddell (Ministry of Defence).
The aim of the research is to determine a suitable pro-active management strategy for potentially polluting wrecks. A significant number of potentially polluting shipwrecks are located on the seafloor. The pollutants carried on board may include oil, explosive remnants of war (ERW) or other toxic materials. Leakage of pollutants from such wrecks may take place continuously or catastrophically, and the risk of such an event increases with time as these wrecks degrade. The location of several of these wrecks is known, but the majority sank without exact information on their location.
This project will combine a review of historical records with the prevailing weather and oceanographic conditions at the time of sinking in order to define areas where the wrecks may be. These zones will be cross-referenced against swath bathymetry targets to facilitate an assessment of the environmental risk present in the various areas of the UK Continental Shelf. Key to this project is the co-consideration of legal responsibilities for identifying and locating such wrecks and ensuring they are not polluting the seas. Through application of an archaeological approach to assessing polluting wrecks the aim is to provide a greater degree of understanding, and develop additional mitigation and management strategies for such wrecks.
Camilla previously completed her MSc in Maritime Archaeology and BA in archaeology at the University of Southampton before working in industry for several years, including roles as a building surveyor, and as an unexploded ordnance offshore project manager.