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.

chapter 1|8 pages


Taking the pulse of world trade and movement
ByCésar Ducruet

part I|136 pages

Connectivity analyses

chapter 2|10 pages

Winds and maritime linkages in ancient Greece

ByRay Rivers, Tim Evans, Carl Knappett

chapter 3|15 pages

Reconstituting the maritime routes of the Roman Empire

ByPascal Arnaud

chapter 4|15 pages

Ship logbooks help to understand climate variability

ByRicardo García-Herrera, David Gallego, David Barriopedro, Javier Mellado

chapter 5|15 pages

Complex network analysis of cross-strait container flows

ByLie-Hui Wang, Yan Hong, Yushan Lin

chapter 6|22 pages

Liner shipping forelands of Portugal’s main ports

ByTiago A. Santos, Carlos Guedes Soares

chapter 7|15 pages

The complex network of coastal shipping in Brazil

ByCarlos César Ribeiro Santos, Marcelo do Vale Cunha, Hernane Borges De Barros Pereira

chapter 8|22 pages

Intra- vs. extra-regional connectivity of the Black Sea port system

ByKateryna Gruchevska, Theo Notteboom, César Ducruet

chapter 9|16 pages

Maritime connections and disconnections in a changing Arctic

ByMia Bennett

part II|150 pages

Geospatial analyses

chapter 10|26 pages

GIS-based analysis of US international seaborne trade flows

ByGuoqiang Shen

chapter 11|15 pages

Vessel tracking data usage to map Mediterranean flows

ByAlfredo Alessandrini, Virginia Fernandez Arguedas, Michele Vespe

chapter 12|17 pages

Geovisualizing the sail-to-steam transition through vessel movement data

ByMattia Bunel, Françoise Bahoken, César Ducruet, Claire Lagesse, Bruno Marnot, Eric Mermet, Séléna Petit

chapter 13|23 pages

Foreland mix and inland accessibility of European NUTS-3 regions

ByDavid Guerrero, Fernando I. González-Laxe, María Jesús Freire-Seoane, Carlos Pais Montes

chapter 14|20 pages

The local determinants of interregional shipping flows

ByCésar Ducruet, Claudio Ferrari, Hidekazu Itoh, Alessio Tei

chapter 15|12 pages

Identifying small-scale fishing zones in France using AIS data

ByDamien Le Guyader, Cyril Ray, David Brosset

chapter 16|10 pages

Spatio-temporal data modeling of ship-to-ship interactions in mid-19th-century high seas

ByAmin Mobasheri, Alexander Zipf, César Ducruet

chapter 17|22 pages

World shipping flows across the global urban hierarchy

ByCésar Ducruet, Sylvain Cuyala, Ali El Hosni

part III|137 pages

Vulnerability analyses

chapter 18|19 pages

Attacker-defender modelling of vulnerability in maritime logistics corridors

ByPablo Achurra-Gonzalez, Panagiotis Angeloudis, Konstantinos Zavitsas, Ali Niknejad, Daniel J. Graham

chapter 19|21 pages

Cluster dynamics in the collapsing Soviet shipping network

ByRawya Zreik, César Ducruet, Charles Bouveyron, Pierre Latouche

chapter 20|17 pages

Hub dependency and vulnerability of China’s overseas connections

ByMengqiao Xu, Haoxiang Xia

chapter 21|23 pages

Geopolitical and logistical factors in the evolution of North Korea’s shipping flows

ByCésar Ducruet, Sung-Woo Lee, Stanislas Roussin

chapter 22|16 pages

Vessel navigation constraints in Canadian Arctic waters

ByLaurent Etienne, Mélanie Fournier, Leah Beveridge, Mark Stoddard, Ronald Pelot

chapter 23|17 pages

Northwest Africa from colonial to global shipping

ByDaniel Castillo, César Ducruet

chapter 24|17 pages

Partition, independence and maritime networks in South Asia

ByKenmei Tsubota, Atiya Habeeb Kidwai, César Ducruet