Based on an existing framework of ship exhaust emission, SNOOP aims to take the strategic evaluation of ship emission effects to a new level by enlargement the scope from nitrogen oxides to SOx, PM, CO and CO2 emissions. The cause-effect chains are studied by monitoring ambient air quality and estimating its human health effects in harbour areas, by modelling the nitrogen input from ship exhaust emissions to marine environment and the impact of nitrogen emissions on marine environment.

SNOOP also pursues to establish a long-term follow-up network on ship exhaust emissions in the Central Baltic area, to study the effects of emissions on marine ecosystem and to tie the information from the network to an effect estimation framework for large cities. The results are tied to policymaking through liaison with the policy process as well as through the organisation of thematic policy forums addressing shipping emissions.

The project is implementend in collaboration with nine organisations from Finland and Estonia and it extends three years and eight months (9/2009–4/2013). The activities of the project are located on the coasts of northern Baltic Sea, Archipelago as well as the Gulf of Finland.

SNOOP is financed by Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007–2013 and Centre for economic development, transport and the environment (ELY) of Southwest Finland. The total budget of the project is approximately 1.3 MEUR.

The Finnish project partners are: Finnish Meteorological Institute, HSY Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, University of Turku/Centre for Maritime Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. The Estonian project partners are: Estonian Environmental Research Centre and Tallinn University of Technology/Marine Systems Institute. The project is coordinated by City of Turku, Environmental and City Planning Department.

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