Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps available from National Ocean Service (NOS)
Entry ID: NOS_ORCA_HAZMAT_ESI_MAPS

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Summary
Abstract: Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps are an integral component
in oil-spill contingency planning and assessment. They serve as the
first source of information in the event of an oil spill incident.
Other uses of these maps include coastal resource inventories and
assessments, coastal planning, and recreational planning.

ESI maps contain three types of information: shoreline classification
(specifically, sensitivity to oiling), human-use resources, and
biological resources. This information is plotted on 7.5 minute USGS
quadrangles.

Shoreline classification involves sectioning the shoreline into
habitats according to geomorphological characteristics, sensitivity to
spilled oil, natural persistence of oil, and ease of cleanup.

Human use resources that might be damaged by oil or response actions
are also included in the maps. These human-use resources include:
recreational and shoreline access areas (e.g., parks and beaches),
specially protected areas (e.g., wildlife reserves), water extraction
sites (e.g., surface and ground water intakes), and historical and
cultural sites.

Biological resources in ESI maps include oil-sensitive animals and
plants, with information at the species level. Special attention is
given to areas where concentrations of oil-sensitive species occur,
such as breeding grounds, nesting habitats, and staging areas.

ESI atlases have been prepared for most of the U.S. shoreline,
including the Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Trust Territories.

ESI maps are a product of the Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment
Division (HAZMAT) of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration.

ESI maps are published as a collection of paper maps or digitally
bound as an atlas. An ESI atlas covers a state, such as South
Carolina or a small region such as Delaware Bay.

Digital ESI data is published in atlas form as both PDF files and as
files for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). PDF files
allow users to simply view and print maps without the need for buying
additional software. Users with GIS software can access files in
uncompressed ARC/INFO export format to undertake more detailed
analysis of ESI data.

[This summary was adapted from the NOS MapFinder ESI Map product
description.]

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: ESI Order Form, for ordering ESI data


Link: GET DATA
Description: NOS MapFinder allows online search and download of PDF versions of ESI
maps.


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: ESI Map Information


Geographic Coverage
 N: 49.0 S: 26.0  E: -67.0  W: -125.0
 N: 72.0 S: 54.0  E: -130.0  W: 173.0
 N: 23.0 S: 18.0  E: -154.0  W: -161.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > U.S. East Coast
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO > U.S. Gulf Coast
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > GREAT LAKES
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > U.S. West Coast
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > ALASKA > ALASKA


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >BEACHES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >ISLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >OIL SPILLS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT >LAND MANAGEMENT    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT >LAND MANAGEMENT >LAND USE CLASSES    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >WETLANDS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >CONTAMINANTS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND RESOURCES >COASTAL RESOURCES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND USE CLASSES >ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY CLASSES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BARRIER ISLANDS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BEACHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >DUNES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ESTUARIES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >INLETS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >LAGOONS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >MARSHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ROCKY COASTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >WATER QUALITY >OCEAN CONTAMINANTS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >ESTUARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ELEVATION


Keywords
U.S. COAST
UNITED STATES COAST
CONSERVATION
ESI
GIS
maps


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
NOAA/NOS/ORCA/HAZMAT


Data Center
Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: NOAA/HAZMAT
Phone: 206-526-6317
Fax: 206-526-6329
Email: hmrd.webmaster at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment Division
Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment
NOAA/National Ocean Service
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98115-6349
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: online, CD-ROM
Distribution_Format: PDF, ARC/INFO


Personnel
MELANIE F. MEAUX
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov



Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-11-06

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