ESI Shoreline Types

Compare these example photographs of 15 major shoreline types, classified by the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) method. The shorelines are listed in order of their ESI rank, from least sensitive to damage from spilled oil (lowest numbers) to most sensitive (highest numbers). You can learn more about the shoreline types and rankings in our Shoreline Rankings section.

These photos make up part of OR&R's Shoreline Assessment Job Aid. You can view the job aid as a PDF file or order it as a laminated flip-booklet by completing our Job Aid Order Form.

Photographs in this collection were contributed by Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel of Research Planning, Inc.