Research

Project description

The North Sea is both an environmental asset and a source for value generation for different maritime sectors. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool to help balance the often competing user interests as well as environmental protection aims. However, MSP can only be effective, if national Maritime Spatial Plans are coordinated and not contradictory. A lack of MSP coordination leads to spatial inefficiencies, higher costs for maritime industries and compromised environmental objects. The NorthSEE project launches a sea-basin wide coordination process among MSP authorities in the North Sea Region (NSR). In this context, NorthSEE aims at achieving greater coherence in MSP across the NSR for three transnational topics: environmental aspects, shipping routes and energy infrastructure. The project started in 2016 and will run for three years.

Principal Investigator

Project Officer

Henrik Nilsson

Henrik joined WMU in 2010 and has been involved in a project focusing on transboundary water management. The particular focus has been on the Öresund between Sweden and Denmark where he, together with local and regional stakeholders, develops a Marine Spatial Plan for the Sound that illustrates increasing competing interest for the sea space.

Raza Ali Mehdi

Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Raza moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE at a very young age. After finishing high school, he relocated to Bath, UK to pursue a degree in engineering. 

Raza has a background in Aerospace Engineering. He holds a BEng. (Hons.) in Aerospace Engineering and a MSc. in Engineering Dynamics and Control, both from the University of Bath, UK.