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Mapping the Response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Entry ID: GulfResponse
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Abstract: The dynamic nature of the BP oil spill has been a challenge for a range of communities ? from hotel operators to fishermen to local community leaders. We know the American people have questions about how the federal government is responding to this crisis, and we are committed to providing the answers with clarity and transparency. is a new online tool that provides you with near-real time information about the response effort. Developed by NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior, the site offers you a ?one-stop shop? for spill response information.

The site integrates the latest data the federal responders have about the oil spill?s trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources ? such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships ? into one customizable interactive map., powered by Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA), is a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool designed to assist both emergency responders and environmental resource managers who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment. This application is currently assisting with response operations for the Deepwater Horizon spill and data regarding this incident is displayed and updated daily. ERMA is also assisting in resource management decisions in support of Natural Resource Damage Assessment.

Purpose: employs the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform developed by NOAA and the University of New Hampshire?s Coastal Response Research Center. ERMA was designed to facilitate communication and coordination among a variety of users ? from federal, state and local responders to local community leaders and the public. The site was designed to be fast and user-friendly, and we plan to keep it constantly updated.

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This site was constructed for the purpose of presenting response-relevant data in the affected region of the Gulf of Mexico relative to the Mississippi Canyon 252/ Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill.

For the purpose of timely release, data contained within this site have undergone a limited Quality Assurance review; however, the data have not yet undergone final verification. Users of these data should refer to the original sources to review the limitations of the data from individual studies and to check for accuracy.

The data provided through this tool has been cleared for release through the Incident Command Structure's Joint Information Command.
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SERF Creation Date: 2010-11-18
SERF Last Revision Date: 2010-11-18
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