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Poster for the lecture series, You Don't Know What You Don't Know.

Lecture: Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps and Data

Nicolle Rutherford, ESI Program Manager, NOAA OR&R
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12pm PST

We hope you can join this lecture — part of the monthly lecture series, You Don't Know What You Don't Know!

This month's presenter will be Nicolle Rutherford, Program Manager for the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) products at NOAA OR&R. Nicolle is a member of OR&R's Emergency Response Division, working as a biologist, as well as the Program Manager for the ESI products and the CAFE (Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects) database.

ESI maps can be used in a variety of areas but are particularly useful for preparing for spills and during spill responses. They concisely identify sensitive environmental areas including bird and animal species, shorelines, aquatic habitats, etc. Most have information about breeding seasons, or identify when different fish or birds will be in the area during the year, based on migration patterns. 

Mark your calendar for the third Thursday of the month — and please feel free to share the series with others in the professional spill planning, response, and environmental science communities.