ERMA® Deepwater Gulf Response, an online mapping tool integrating key environmental response information for decision makers, played a critical role in the response to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill and remains an active resource during continued response efforts and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. The U.S. Coast Guard selected ERMA as the official Common Operating Picture for all federal, state and local spill responders during this incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
A wide variety of data layers, functions, and tools are a part of ERMA Deepwater Gulf Response, such as:
- Bookmark Map Views
- Measurement Tools
- Full Metadata Access
- Find tool
- Print Tools
- Interactive Query Tools
- Identify tool
- Downloadable data sets
To find more information about the status of the response effort and publicly available data in ERMA Deepwater Gulf Response, visit the Gulf Spill Restoration website.
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The ERMA application is designed to:
- Aid in spill preparedness and planning.
- Assist in coordinating emergency response efforts and situational awareness for human and natural disasters.
- Help define the extent of potential environmental impacts, supporting the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process.
- Support ecological recovery and restoration efforts.
- Provide access to this information from anywhere you have an internet connection.
- Visualize data from a variety of sources, with the ability to include additional media such as photos and links to scientific reports.
- Tell a story or reconstruct the history of an event using animated layers of information.
The application has been customized with specific data for 10 ERMA sites covering the United States and its territories. ERMA sites have secure-access accounts; however, publicly available environmental and baseline data are openly accessible for all regions.
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