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2nd Baltic Earth Conference
The Baltic Sea Region in Transition
Helsingor, Denmark
11 - 15 June 2018



Article from Baltic Earth Newsletter 4 (Jan 2018):

Conference on “Shipping and the Environment - From Regional to Global Perspectives” 24 - 25 October, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

by Anna Rutgersson, Uppsala University, Sweden (anna.rutgersson@met.uu.se>)

Given its importance for the transport of goods on a global scale, there is a growing interest on the sustainability of the shipping industry. Shipping is a very carbon-efficient transport medium, but there is an increasing focus on its broader environmental consequences. The science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region (BONUS) and the Sustainable Shipping and Environment of the Baltic Sea region (SHEBA) project address a wide range of environmental impacts of shipping in the Baltic Sea including air pollution, marine pollution, underwater noise and climate change, as well as the socio-economic consequences of these impacts.

The International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) project is an international research initiative aiming to understand the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere. Achievement of this goal is important to understand and quantify the role that ocean-atmosphere interactions play in the regulation of climate and global change. With increasing focus on science and society, increase attention on shipping is given within SOLAS.

SOLAS and SHEBA joined forces to organise a two-day conference “Shipping and the Environment - From Regional to Global Perspectives”, which was held at the University of Gothenburg’s conference centre on 24-25 October 2017, and attracted 117 participants from 15 countries.

The conference programme was divided into five sessions with wide interdisciplinary coverage: Atmospheric processes; assessments of integrated effects on environment and climate; marine processes; noise; socioeconomic aspects and policies. Each session included both oral and poster presentations. The oral presentations were followed by a panel discussion between researchers and stakeholders. A joint special issue in the journals Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Ocean Science will provide a platform for disseminating the new research presented at the conference. Several participants noted with pleasure that this was the first international conference addressing the environmental consequences of shipping from a wide range of perspectives. Some interest was expressed in developing a regular series of conferences from this initiative.

Organizing committee consisted of:
David Turner, University of Gothenburg,
Jana Maldanova, IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute,
Tom Bell, Plymouth Marine Laboratory,
Christa Marandino, GEOMAR Helmholz Centre for Ocean Research,
Anna Rutgersson, Uppsala University.

For inquiries about this research, please directly refer to the authors.

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