Project: The potential of currents for environmental management of the Baltic Sea maritime industry

The proposal aims at a substantial decrease of marine-industry-induced environmental risks and impacts on bio-diversity, particularly on fragile ecosystems. The core objective is to develop a scientific platform for an innovative low-cost technology of environmental management of shipping, offshore, and coastal engineering activities. The technology will be applied to place dangerous activities in areas, an accident in which will have a minimum threat to vulnerable areas. Our approach makes use of the existence of semi-persistent current patterns that considerably affect the properties of pollution propagation: the probability of transport of dangerous substances from different open sea areas to the vulnerable areas is largely different. For certain regions (areas of reduced risk) this probability is relatively small. The location of areas of reduced risk will be established numerically and verified experimentally. A combination of the classical risk analysis with novel mathematical methods (such as inverse methods) will be applied to identify the persistence, properties, and potential effect of such areas, and to establish generic criteria for their existence. Based on existing results, we concentrate on the Gulf of Finland and the Darss Sill. As a first step we consider the consequences of current-induced propagation of oil spills released from ships, aiming to route ships along the least dangerous paths, much like dangerous transports on land follow predefined routes.

Acronym BALTICWAY (Reference Number: 174)
Duration 01/10/2008 - 30/09/2011
Project Topic environmental research / understanding climate change and geophysical forcing
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network BONUS+
Call BONUS+ Call in 2007

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology Coordinator Estonia
2 Finnish Environment Institute Partner Finland
3 Stockholm University Partner Sweden
4 Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Partner Sweden
5 Danish Meteorological Institute Partner Denmark
6 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Partner Germany
7 Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel Partner Germany
8 Laser Diagnostic Instruments Ltd Partner Estonia