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Shipping Emissions in the Arctic and North Atlantic Atmosphere (149759)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Zongbo Shi
Company: University of Birmingham
Start Date: 2022-05-19
End Date: 2022-06-27
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Ship emissions have a marked influence on the marine aerosol load significantly affecting global climate. Melting sea ice in the Arctic will lead to increased shipping in the region, which could significantly affect the atmospheric composition and climate. Quantifying these influences is challenging, however, due to a lack of understanding of marine aerosol sources (a dynamic baseline from which predictions are made) as well as uncertainty in current / future shipping emissions. This is particularly true at high-latitudes. SEANA aims to better understand the impact of i) increasing future ship traffic and ii) the IMO emission regulation upon atmospheric aerosols and the climate in the Arctic and North Atlantic atmosphere (ANAA). To this aim, SEANA will for the first time carry out synergistic yearlong observations at fixed-stations and intensive field studies on mobile platforms along the Northwest Passage (NWP), with a focus on aerosol / CCN sources and processes. As part of this, we will sail to the Labrador Sea and David Strait using the RRS Discovery ship from 19 May to 27 June 2022 to make a comprehensive observation of gases and aerosols, as well as cloud condensation and ice nuclei. The new data will be integrated with recent / ongoing measurements at existing ANAA stations in order to generate a benchmark dataset on aerosol baselines in ANAA. SEANA will employ a ‘before and after’ regulation observation to determine the “real-world” impact of IMO regulation on aerosol and CCN. The new datasets will be used to evaluate and improve a state-of-the-art global aerosol model to represent key aerosol sources and processes, including shipping emissions as well as model responses to emission changes in ANAA. SEANA will apply the improved model to provide robust predictions on both the impact of future ship traffic and IMO regulation on aerosol and the climate in the NWP
Persons: 19
Days: 20
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Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Research Ship RRS Discovery 1 96 m long To carry out scientific research on the sources of airborne particles that are important for the clouds and climate in the Arctic
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 14 14 Cubic Meters low sulphur fuel
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Chemical - acids 3 1 Liters Chemical reagents for research
chemicals - organic solvents 6 2 Liters For use within different instruments
chemicals - bases / neutral 8 1 Kg For use in the lab
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
All chemicals will have accompanying COSHH and risk assessments. They will be stored, handled and disposed of appropriately as per standard NMF procedure . No waste will be released to the natural environment. All cardboard and paper products are incinerated at sea on the Discovery. Recyclable items are stored for appropriate recycling upon arrival into port. Any non-burnable or non-recyclable waste (e.g. batteries) is stored appropriately and disposed of upon arrival into port. See more details in Environment Impact Assessment document.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 1000 kg N/A combustion
Hazardous waste 100 L N/A Stored in dedicated containers and take back to the UK for disposal
Non-Combustible wastes 5000 kg n/a Any non-burnable or non-recyclable waste (e.g. batteries) is stored appropriately and disposed of upon arrival into port.
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Recieved: 2022-04-08
Originator: Zongbo Shi
Public Registry ID: 19835
Document Size: 153.98 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2022-04-08
Originator: Zongbo Shi
Public Registry ID: 19834
Document Size: 21 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2022-04-08
Originator: Zongbo Shi
Public Registry ID: 19833
Document Size: 1133 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-08
Originator: Zongbo Shi
Public Registry ID: 19836
Document Size: 255.37 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-04-14
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 19911
Document Size: 232.81 Kb
2022-04-08 08:25:53, from: Zongbo Shi
 Dear Sir/Madam UK's Natural Environment Research Council funds a new research cruise DY151 to the Labrafor Sea and David Straits to carry out observations of atmospheric composition, particularly on airborne particles that have important impacts on the clouds and climate. The cruise is scheduled to sail from Iceland on 19 May and will be back to the UK on 27 June. Please find our application and please let us if there is any further information needed. We look forward to hear from you DY151 Science team


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
We have no capacity to translate into Inuktitut language. We are in contact with Mosha Cote about further discussion the potential benefit or interest local residents
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
It is a research ship and we do not work on land.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re