The AIRSHIP project aims to evaluate the impact of maritime transport emissions on the air quality in Portugal and, with greater detail, in the Porto urban area, for present and future (2020-2030 projections) climate scenarios. This impact will be investigated, with particular emphasis on the Porto urban area including a local scale case study of the Port of Leixões.

To this purpose, the project is structured in 4 tasks:

  1. Development and assessment of present and projected future maritime transport emissions scenarios for the Portugal and the detailed Porto urban area domains;
  2. Evaluation of the impact of the developed emissions scenarios on air quality using numerical modelling;
  3. Case study: Port of Leixões;
  4. Development of measures/strategies to mitigate adverse effects on the air quality in Portugal and, particularly, in the Porto urban area.

Therefore, the AIRSHIP project will produce important scientific results to aid the management and political actions in the maritime transport sector and its environmental impacts, in particular for the Port of Leixões case study.

The main expected outcomes are:

  • Therefore, the AIRSHIP project will produce important scientific results to aid the management and political actions in the maritime transport sector and its environmental impacts, in particular for the Port of Leixões case study. The main expected outcomes area;
  • Evaluation of the impact of maritime emissions on regional (Portugal) and urban (Porto) air quality;
  • Thorough understanding of emissions that result from port activities (Port of Leixões case study) and related impacts on local air quality;
  • Development of air pollution mitigation strategies concerning the maritime transport and port sectors;