Pacific Islands ERMA

Pacific Islands ERMA®, an online mapping tool integrating key environmental response information for decision makers, covers the Hawaiian Islands and outlying territories, including Guam, American Samoa, and Johnston Atoll. Its primary focus is on impacts from coastal storms and marine debris, where it is being used to assess the effects of stormwater runoff, high energy impact waves, vessel groundings, and marine debris. By incorporating these additional types of concerns, ERMA is able to serve the diverse needs of stakeholders and NOAA partners in the region. Pacific Islands ERMA also is being used to track data for the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami response.

Pacific Islands ERMA Screen shot.
Pacific Islands ERMA displays coral reef habitats and water quality monitoring sites from the State of Hawaii and U.S.Environmental Protection Agency.

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More Information about ERMA

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.

ERMA Overview: Find out more information about the ERMA application.


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