Noise pollution and chemical contaminants are to be the focus of the cruise-ship study. | Gabriel Alomar

The Balearic Ports Authority (APB) has commissioned the University of the Balearic Islands to study levels of chemical and noise pollution caused by cruise ships in Palma. The study will involve the design of sensors to measure pollution levels, and the authority's president, Joan Gual de Torrella, says that it will enable there to be a better perception of the cruise industry.

The network of sensors that the university is to oversee will generate data for which specialists in the fields of electronics, meteorology and geographic information systems are being brought in. In addition to Palma, there are to be similar sensor networks at the other four state ports in the Balearics - Alcudia, Ibiza, La Savina and Mahon. The actual installation of the sensor networks will be carried out by a private company; the university will assist with the tender for this.

APB says that the aim will to be correlate pollution levels with activities in the port and at the points where these activities have an effect on the city itself. There is to be an initial twelve-month study and analysis.