Shipping and climate change

At the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research two research projects about shipping and climate change, the High Seas project and the Fleet Suite project, have recently been completed and is now followed-up by a new project: the High Seas.

- The High Seas project was in the beginning addressing the challenge from a UK perspective. The project revolves around technological, operational, and demand-side emission reduction potential to create a set of decarbonisation scenarios, says Dr. Michael Traut, researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Another on-going project at the centre, shipping in a changing climate, investigates the ship as a system, trade and transport demand and transition and evolution of the shipping system.

- The project is a consortium research project between several universities. The aim is to analyse how to implement a transition to a low carbon shipping system. To our help we have various modelling tools such as ASK-C, GloTram, and TIAM, which will tell us about changes.  The project includes a lot of work that is very detailed and will feed into the main outcome, says Dr. Michael Traut.

Some of the questions the project hope to answer are the impact of climate change on shipping, sea-level rise and what that means for coasts and ports as well as the effects on shipping.

Dr. Michael Traut also works with a project called the fleet suite project, which focuses on predicting wind-assisted propulsion and the monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

- In order to develop this project further we need to run on a global fleet. It requires a lot of data and should for instance include more comprehensive weather data, says Dr. Michael Traut.

Read more here to find out more about the on-going projects at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.