MARPLOT is a mapping program. With MARPLOT's easy-to-use GIS interface, you can quickly view and modify maps, and you can create your own objects to place on the maps.
A few key features of the MARPLOT program are that it allows you to switch quickly between three basemaps (standard map files, aerial photos, and topographical maps), get information about basemap features, and obtain population estimates.
You can also customize your view by drawing your own objects on the map and specifying which basemap layers are shown.
As part of the CAMEO software suite, MARPLOT can be used with other programs in the suite: responders can link overlay objects to the CAMEOfm database program and easily display ALOHA threat zones. However, MARPLOT can also be used as a standalone program.
MARPLOT and Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps
You can also use MARPLOT to display ESI maps, another product produced by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. These maps show areas and resources that are sensitive to oil:
- Biological resources (such as nesting birds).
- Human-use resources (such as a tourist beach or a commercial fishing area).
- Sensitive shorelines (such as coral reefs).
ESI maps are available in a variety of formats (including MARPLOT maps) on regional ESI CD/DVDs. To use the MARPLOT ESI maps, you need an ESI Viewer, which will allow you to view, print, and run simple searches on ESI data for a specific region.
More Information about MARPLOT
- MARPLOT Fact Sheet [PDF, 948 KB]: Learn more about basic features of MARPLOT in this fact sheet.
- MARPLOT Technical Documentation: Download a document (from the EPA CAMEO site) that describes the technical details of the program, including importing/exporting and file formats.
- CAMEO News Service: Join the CAMEO News Service e-mail list on the EPA CAMEO site to receive news and other helpful information from the development team.
Questions: Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions about MARPLOT.