AMBIO

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 791–800 | Cite as

Maritime Transport in the Gulf of Bothnia 2030

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Abstract

Scenarios for shipping traffic in the Gulf of Bothnia (GoB) by 2030 are described in order to identify the main factors that should be taken into account when preparing a Maritime Spatial Plan (MSP) for the area. The application of future research methodology to planning of marine areas was also assessed. The methods include applying existing large scale quantitative scenarios for maritime traffic in the GoB and using real-time Delphi in which an expert group discussed different factors contributing to future maritime traffic in the GoB to find out the probability and significance of the factors having an impact on maritime traffic. MSP was tested on transnational scale in the Bothnian Sea area as a pilot project.

Keywords

Maritime transport Future scenarios The Gulf of Bothnia Maritime spatial planning Delphi method 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank the panelists and the staff and participants of Delphi-workshops of Otavan Opisto for their support in the Delphi-part of this study. This research was funded by “Plan Bothnia”—Preparatory action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea (Reference MARE/2009/16).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Maritime StudiesUniversity of TurkuPoriFinland

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