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Gulf of Mexico ERMA

Gulf of Mexico ERMA® is an online mapping tool that integrates key information to support environmental and severe-weather responses in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently, data and bookmark map views were created in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. ERMA was extensively used during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Gulf of Mexico ERMA site will also actively track Deepwater Horizon Restoration efforts and planning activities.

Gulf of Mexico ERMA continues to house digital Area Contingency Plans and oil infrastructure data for the region along with environmental data enabling responders to quickly access relevant information during an incident.

Visit Gulf of Mexico ERMA.

A screenshot of ERMA displaying path of Hurricane Irma.
Projected path of Hurricane Irma, NOAA regional staff locations on September 7, 2017.
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.


Questions: Contact us with your questions, comments, or suggestions for ERMA.

Last updated Wednesday, June 17, 2020 4:38am PDT