Shipping and the Environment

Tuesday 24 October 2017 - Wednesday 25 October 2017

From Regional to Global Perspectives

International conference on the environmental impact of shipping and its importance within policy, marine spatial planning and the maritime transport sectors. The conference is jointly organised by the Bonus project SHEBA and by the International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).


Given its importance for the transport of goods on a global scale, there is a growing interest on the sustainability of the shipping industry. It has long been recognised that shipping is a very carbon-efficient transport medium, BUT there is an increasing focus on its broader environmental consequences. The Bonus SHEBA project addresses 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. SOLAS is an international project contributing to Future Earth with the mission statement ”linking ocean-atmosphere interactions with climate and people”. In conjunction with SHEBA’s final meeting and the SOLAS workshop on Ship Plumes the projects jointly organize a conference and invite the scientific community and stakeholders of the maritime sector to two days of presentations of the latest scientific findings, discussions and poster presentations on the topics.

Who should attend: 

  • Scientific community; researchers and students from atmospheric, marine and climate research, environmental economics, political and social science
  • ​Environmental and transport agencies
  • Environmental managers from governmental, regional and local organisations
  • Maritime transport sector


Tom Bell (PML)
Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Volker Matthias (Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
Jana Moldanová (IVL, Swedish Environmental research Institute)
Karyn Morrissey (University of Exeter, UK)
Markus Quante (Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
Eva Roth (University of Southern Denmark)
Anna Rutgersson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Peter Sigray (FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency)
Eva-Lotta Sundblad (Swedish Institute for Marine Environment)
David Turner (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Erik Ytreberg (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Organising committeeJana Moldanova (IVL, SE), David Turner (Univ. Gothenburg, SE), Tom Bell (PML, UK), Lena Granhag (Chalmers, SE), Sara Jutterström (IVL, SE), Ingrid Mawdsley (IVL, SE), Markus Quante (HZG, DE), Anna Rutgersson (Uppsala Univ., SE)


  • Atmospheric processes - ship emissions to air and their impact upon the environment
  • Marine processes -  emissions of materials from ships to seawater, and the consequences for chemical and biological processes in the water column
  • Noise - underwater noise and its impacts on marine biota, above-water noise and its impacts on human well-being
  • Socioeconomic aspects & policies
  • Assessments of integrated effects on environment and climate
  • Poster session
  • Panel discussion

Keynote Speakers:

James Corbett (University of Delaware, USA). Prof. Corbett has world-leading expertise on technology policy innovation for 21st Century freight systems, with a focus on international shipping and coastal marine policy. Among more than 175 publications, he co-authored three IMO studies on shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Katherine Mackey (University of California Irvine, USA) Dr. Mackey researches on marine biogeochemical cycles and explores how phytoplankton adapts to global change, with an emphasis on community responses to atmospheric deposition. Moving forward, she is interested in investigating the consequences of emissions from new Arctic shipping routes for primary production in the region.

SOLAS workshop:

The conference is followed up by SOLAS workshop on ship plumes the 26 October. Please check for further details on conference webpage and contact David Turner ( if interested to attend.
For Conference webpage, registration and abstract submission please click here

Event type: Conference
Event location: Gothenburg

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