Our strong maritime heritage goes back to the establishment of the university. Today, most departments have research, education, and or utilisation related to the marine and maritime domain, contributing to the grand challenges associated with human utilisation of the oceans and marine resources. All in line with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Chalmers' overarching Ocean research areas

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Marine Risk Analysis

We apply different various types of risk analysis of marine environmental hazards. We, among other things, analyze environmental risks from wrecks and do research on decision support using risk-cost-benefit analysis.

Another focus concerns so-called cumulative risk assessments, where a method to easily manage the impact of many different human pressures on one or many ecosystem components (individual species or habitats) has been used in marine spatial planning.

The risk analysis methods are used by Swedish and international authorities, among others.

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Ocean monitoring

To detect and understand changes of ocean conditions we need ocean observations.

We develop methods and sensors for observations of the ocean from satellites, drones, ships and in the water. Observations are used in our research on sea ice dynamics, marine pollution monitoring, ship route optimization and for improvement of forecasts and climate models.

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Marine energy

There is a strong demand for new technology that can be used to produce renewable electricity at sea from renewable energy sources such as wind, waves or ocean currents.

Chalmers develops new technologies with partners from authorities and industry that can increase the production of renewable electricity from renewable energy sources at sea. We analyze and evaluate the long-term environmental impact, opportunities and positive/negative consequences of these installations and production sources from a sustainability perspective.

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Sustainable shipping

Shipping is the backbone of global trade, and it is essential to ensure that the sector develops positively in terms of all sustainability perspectives.

Chalmers works broadly with maritime issues, from ship design and autonomous operations, to environmental impact assessment and modelling of future fuels and propulsion systems. In collaboration with industry and authorities, we conduct research delivering new knowledge that is used, for example, for

Blue Bioeconomy

Blue Bioeconomy address sustainable production and processing of marine biomass for applications such as bio-based materials, fuels, food, or bioactive substances.

The field is interdisciplinary and can encompass everything from the design of recirculating aquaculture systems to the formulation and evaluation of new products based on marine ingredients. Research leading to technological development at all levels is central and has the potential to position Chalmers as a leader in this field.

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Ida-Maja Hassellöv
  • Assistant Head of Department, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences