Assessment of contamination at a site on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington state. (NOAA)

Environmental Assessment Tools

To measure impacts on the marine environment, NOAA scientists employ a number of tools, the majority of which have been developed within NOAA. Take a look at the following selection of critical assessment tools which OR&R uses in the natural resource damage assessment process to restore public resources. These tools are also frequently used with OR&R mapping and spatial data products to determine environmental damage.

An innovative example of a mapping product NOAA has developed is ERMA®, an online mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data, in a centralized, easy-to-use format for environmental responders and decision makers. Find out more about how NOAA uses ERMA.

NOAA uses a variety of economic and non-economic, science-based methods to assess natural resource injuries.

SQuiRTs is a set of double-sided, color cards that help evaluate potential risks from contaminated water, sediment, or soil.

The Coastal Hazardous Waste Site Reports are an initial evaluation of potential injury to NOAA trust resources from identified hazardous waste sites.

Query Manager is a database standard and query tool that can be used to access analytical chemistry for sediment, tissue, water and oil, in addition to sediment and water toxicity data.