A number of areas around the United States have been used as test and practice ranges for our armed forces. These Formerly Used Defense Sites include Kahoolawe in Hawaii, Amaknak and Adak in Alaska, and several sites along the east and gulf coasts. The Mobile Underwater Debris Survey System, or MUDSS, project is being developed to assist in cleaning up unexploded ordnance from shallow water areas.
The MUDSS system assists in locating, classifying, and identifying the different ordnance within a survey area. These can range from 60 mm mortar shells up to 2000 pound bombs. The system contains several sensors which scan the seafloor. Multi-sensor fusion techniques combine the data from the various sensors to extract the maximum amount of information from the data for locating the ordnance.
For some additional information please see the MUDSS Fact Sheets .