The project, a collaboration between Redshift Associates and the University of Leicester, will develop analytic solutions to extract operational information on shipping emissions from remote sensing data from the Automatic Identification System.
The information gathered will determine pollution emissions in real-time from shipping, either underway or in harbour.
The project will be funded by a grant from the UK £4.8 million SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) business support programme.
Professor Alan Wells, founder and director of Redshift Associates, commented: ‘Redshift Associates is bringing together new approaches to air pollution in ports and harbours through satellite remote sensing.
‘The basis of our collaboration with the University of Leicester, through the SPRINT programme, is its support in taking the visual data and applying a high level of validation and interpretation.’
In a feasibility study for the new service, the project team is working in partnership with Belfast Harbour to evaluate pollution emissions from shipping and other industrial activity to assess the overall atmospheric emissions inventory within the Harbour Estate. Redshift Associates will identify measures that will support an air quality action plan in line with the port’s sustainability vision.