Sustainable Shipping in the Arctic

Start date 01/01/2013
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2014
Release of a drift buoy in the Fram Strait during the Arctic summer of 2013. The data collected by the buoy will be used to validate sea ice drift measurements from satellite images.
​​The project aims to develop a risk analysis model for oil spills in the Arctic Ocean with special focus on the Northern Sea Route. A reduced sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean opens up for new shipping routes and more ships and hence an increased risk for oil spills along these routes. We aim to answer the questions; How will the oil drift? What would the concentration of oil be in the water? How does it affect the surrounding environment?

The project consists of a number of subprojects; remote sensing, ecotoxicology and the development of the risk analysis model. Remote sensing data of various types is used to estimate the faith of the oil. This is done by utilising measurements of the sea ice concentration, extent and thickness as well as ocean surface currents and winds. Ecotoxicological data is used to estimate the oils influence on the environment. The remote sensing and ecotoxicological data will be used as input data into the risk analysis model, where the latter will estimate how an oil spill would affect the environment and rank these effects.

The project builds on results from the VRAKA project and the CLIMATICE project. ​​
Chalmers Area of Advance Transport, 500 000 SEK/yr​

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