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EP/K039253/1 - Shipping in Changing Climates.

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Professor p wrobel EP/K039253/1 - Shipping in Changing Climates.

Principal Investigator - Mechanical Engineering, University College London

Other Investigators

Professor K Anderson, Co InvestigatorProfessor K Anderson

Dr A Bows, Co InvestigatorDr A Bows

Professor RWG Bucknall, Co InvestigatorProfessor RWG Bucknall

Professor A Day, Co InvestigatorProfessor A Day

Dr P J Gilbert, Co InvestigatorDr P J Gilbert

Dr AR GREIG, Co InvestigatorDr AR GREIG

Professor A Incecik, Co InvestigatorProfessor A Incecik

Dr AJ Murphy, Co InvestigatorDr AJ Murphy

Professor RJ Nicholls, Co InvestigatorProfessor RJ Nicholls

Dr T Osman, Co InvestigatorDr T Osman

Dr K Pazouki, Co InvestigatorDr K Pazouki

Dr AW Schafer, Co InvestigatorDr AW Schafer

Professor J scott, Co InvestigatorProfessor J scott

Dr T Smith, Co InvestigatorDr T Smith


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Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand) Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand)

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Our vision is to create an enduring, multidisciplinary and independent research community strongly linked to industry and capable of informing the policy making process by developing new knowledge and understanding on the subject of the shipping system, its energy efficiency and emissions, and its transition to a low carbon, more resilient future.
Shipping in Changing Climates (SCC) is the embodiment of that vision: a multi-university, multi-disciplinary consortium of leading UK academic institutions focused on addressing the interconnected research questions that arise from considering shipping's possible response over the next few decades due to changes in:
- climate (sea level rise, storm frequency)
- regulatory climate (mitigation and adaptation policy)
- macroeconomic climate (increased trade, differing trade patterns, higher energy prices)
Building on RCUK Energy programme's substantial (~2.25m) investment in this area: Low Carbon Shipping and High Seas projects, this research will provide crucial input into long-term strategic planning (commercial and policy) for shipping, in order to enable the sector to transition the next few decades with minimum disruption of the essential global services (trade, transport, economic growth, food and fuel security) that it provides.
The ambitious research programme can only be undertaken because of the project's excellent connection to shipping's stakeholders across the govt. non-govt and industry space. This is demonstrated by in excess of 35 organisations writing significant statements of support and including contributions to the project of 1.6m in-kind and 160k cash. The commitments of stakeholders with this breadth of knowledge and understanding is crucial both to:
- Development of a relevant proposal (all Tier 1 partners of LCS and many Tier 2 and others were heavily involved in the development of the contents of this SCC proposal)
- Ensuring that the research is undertaken using data and experience that can maximise its credibility, but importantly also
- Guaranteeing a direct pathway to impact in all the key governance and commercial stakeholders of the sector.
Shipping is a global industry and its challenges must therefore be considered in a global context. However, to provide focus for the research we will concentrate the application of our global modelling and analysis for understanding the impacts of changing climates on three key specific sub- global components of the system: UK, SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and BRICS shipping. The UK, for its importance to the funder and the UK stakeholders engaged in our project, the BRICS and SIDS because of their central role in the policy debate due to their high sensitivity to changing climates
Research Excellence will be ensured through research across three interacting research themes:
- ship as a system (understanding the scope for greater supply side energy efficiency)
- trade and transport demand (understanding the trends and drivers for transport demand)
- transitions and evolution (understanding transport supply/demand interactions)
The research undertaken will be both quantitative and qualitative, apply for the first time new data and modelling techniques and be deployed to answer a series of cross cutting (themes) research questions.
Shipping in Changing Climates will put the UK at the forefront internationally of research into the shipping system and inform the UK and EU debates around the control of its shipping GHG emissions.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Shipping in Changing Climates. - EP/K039253/1
Start Date: 2013-09-01T00:00:00+02:00
End Date: 2017-02-28T00:00:00+01:00

Organization: University College London

Description: Our vision is to create an enduring, multidisciplinary and independent research community strongly linked to industry and capable of informing the policy making process by developing new knowledge and understanding on the subject of the shipping system, it ...