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