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Monday, April 9 • 2:45pm - 3:00pm
SYMPOSIA-02: Quantifying the Spatio-temporal Distribution of Marine Vessel Traffic in the Bering Sea

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AUTHORS: Kelly Kapsar*, Jianguo (Jack) Liu – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT: The international shipping industry is the primary means of transportation for flows of material between nations. Bulk carriers, oil tankers, and container ships are the physical entities that carry flows between these telecoupled sending and receiving systems. However, the spillover effects on other systems impacted by these flows remains understudied. By examining the spatial distribution and intensity of marine vessel traffic in a heavily utilized shipping corridor, the North Pacific Great Circle Route, these knowledge gaps of the spillover effects of telecoupled systems are addressed. Specifically, automatic identification system tracking data are used to analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics of marine vessels in the Bering Sea with an emphasis on the seasonal diversion of traffic through the Bering Strait and into the Arctic during the ice-free summer months. By developing intensity surface maps for each major class of vessels (bulk carriers, oil tankers, container ships, etc.), the relative distributions of vessel types in the landscape are analyzed. These maps will be used to better understand the spatial and temporal distribution of spillover effects (e.g. vessel noise, risk of oil spills) across the Bering Sea landscape. Furthermore, emphasis on the Bering Strait region will illuminate possible spatio-temporal overlaps between seasonal marine vessel traffic and migratory marine mammals in the region, such as Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus). Results of this analysis will help researchers and stakeholders better understand and mitigate the spillover effects of marine vessel traffic and foster the sustainable development of marine systems.

Monday April 9, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
LaSalle 5 (7th Floor)

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