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Sustainable Shipping and Environment in the Baltic Sea region


Project timeline
April 2015
40 months
July 2018
General Information
SHEBA will analyse the drivers for shipping, obtain the present and future traffic volumes and calculate a set of scenarios which will then feed into calculations of emissions to water, to air, and of underwater noise using and extending the currently most advanced emission model based on Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship movement data. Atmospheric, oceanic and noise propagation models in combination with ecotoxicology studies will then be used to assess spatio-temporal distributions, fates and effects of these stressors in the Baltic Sea region. The project will assess the impact of different pollutants to the water quality indicators of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and to the air quality indicators. Further, the project will provide an integrated assessment of policy options to mitigate pressures linked to shipping, quantifying as far as possible anticipated changes in ecosystem services compared to an established baseline. This will include an analysis of trade-offs between options as well as synergies, and the marginal changes in costs and benefits of options to reduce environmental pressures from shipping and support the achievement of Good Environmental Status as prescribed by the MSFD. SHEBA is supported by a wide group of stakeholders, including harbours, shipping industry and authorities, who will be consulted about the input of data, feedback and results of the project.
Hereon leads the work package on air pollution with the objectives to assess the current air pollution from shipping in the Baltic Sea region using state-of-the-art modelling, and to establish future scenarios of ship emmissions and effects of emission changes on the Baltic Sea region. The SHEBA project receives funding from BONUS, the joint Baltic research and development programme, cofinanced by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) under BONUS Implementation Agreement and all the relevant National Funding Institutions.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaERANET BONUS
Project TypeERANET BONUS project
Co-ordinatorIVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB, SE
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Volker Matthias, Institute of Coastal Research, KBT, Phone +49 4152 87 2346 and Prof. Markus Quante, Institute of Coastal Research, KBT, Phone +49 4152 87 2378
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Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (PL), Chalmers University of Technology (SE), Ecologic Institute GmbH (DE), Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (FI), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FI), Ivl Svenska Miljoeinstitutet Ab (SE), Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology (EE), Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI (SE), Universite d'aix Marseille (FR), University of Southern Denmark (DK)
SHEBA website
Last Update: 16. April 2021