ERMA® for the Southwest region contains data being used to plan for potential environmental emergencies along the California coast. In the summer of 2011, Southwest ERMA was used in a large-scale oil spill training drill near the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in southern California. It helped responders prepare for potential impacts of real oil spills in the region. This enables NOAA to work more seamlessly with the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California to share data and be at the ready in case of actual disaster.
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.
ERMA has been customized with site-specific data for eight different geographic regions. Regional ERMA sites are currently secure-access only. However, you can access publicly available data without a site login.
ERMA Overview: Find out more information about the ERMA application.
Questions: Contact us with your questions, comments, or suggestions for ERMA.