Shipping flows – maritime ‘footprints’ – remain underexplored in the existing literature despite the crucial importance of freight transport for global trade and economic development. Additionally, decision-makers lack a comprehensive view on how shipping flows can be measured, analyzed, and mapped in order to support their policies and strategies. This interdisciplinary volume, drawing on an international cast-list of experts, explores a number of crucial issues in shipping data estimation, construction, collection, mining, analysis, visualization, and mapping.
Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modeling delivers several key messages. First, that in a world of just-in-time delivery and rapid freight transit, it is important to bear in mind the long-term roots of current trends as well as foreseeable future developments because shipping patterns exhibit recurrent, if not cyclical and path-dependent, dynamics. Second, shipping flows are currently often understood at the micro-level of intra-urban logistics delivery and at the national level using commodity flow analyses, but this volume emphasizes the need to expand the scale of analysis by offering new evidence on the changing distribution of global and international shipping flows, based on actual data. Third, that this multidisciplinary approach to shipping flows can shed important light on crucial issues that go beyond shipping itself including climate change, urban development, technological change, commodity specialization, digital humanities, navigation patterns, international trade, and regional growth.
Edited by experts in their field, this volume is of upmost importance to those who study industrial economics, shipping industries and economic and transport geography.
Table of Contents
Introduction: taking the pulse of world trade and movement
Part 1: Connectivity analyses
Winds and maritime linkages in Ancient Greece
Ray RIVERS, Tim EVANS and Carl KNAPPETT
Reconstituting the maritime routes of the Roman Empire
Ship logbooks help to understand climate variability
Ricardo GARCÍA-HERRERA, David GALLEGO, David BARRIOPEDRO and Javier MELLADO
Complex network analysis of cross-strait container flows
Lie-Hui WANG, Yan HONG, and Yushan LIN
Liner shipping forelands of Portugal’s main ports
Tiago A. SANTOS and Carlos GUEDES SOARES
The complex network of coastal shipping in Brazil
Carlos César RIBEIRO SANTOS, Marcelo DO VALE CUNHA, Hernane Borges DE BARROS PEREIRA
Intra vs. extra-regional connectivity of the Black Sea port system
Kateryna GRUCHEVSKA, Theo NOTTEBOOM, and César DUCRUET
Maritime connections and disconnections in a changing Arctic
Part 2: Geospatial analyses
GIS-based analysis of US international seaborne trade flows
Vessel tracking data usage to map Mediterranean flows
Alfredo ALESSANDRINI, Virginia FERNANDEZ ARGUEDAS, Michele VESPE
Geovisualizing the sail-to-steam transition through vessel movement data
Mattia BUNEL, Françoise BAHOKEN, Cé
César Ducruet is Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) & UMR 8504 Géographie-cités laboratory, Paris, France. His work focuses on transport geography and network science with applications in Europe and Asia.