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New Web Version of CAFE Toxicity Database

APRIL 27, 2020 — The Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) team is excited to announce that the CAFE database was recently released as a web-based program.

Oiled crabs.
Oiled crabs. Image credit: NOAA.

Web CAFE features several new innovations, including the use of Interspecies Correlation Estimate (ICE) modeling to generate species sensitivity distribution (SSD) curves for a number of chemicals that previously had too few data points. Users can now save and compare SSD curves for multiple chemicals on one graph, as well as export the data to a CSV file—features long requested by users of the earlier “desktop” version of CAFE

In addition, Web CAFE now includes both acute and chronic toxicity data from the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment, as well as the most up-to-date information from the EPA’s ECOTOX Knowledgebase. Finally, the CAFE User Manual and all documentation are now integrated into the program rather than being separate documents that need to be downloaded. 

CAFE is a program developed by the Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division. The program was designed to assist emergency responders to quickly assess the potential aquatic toxicity of chemical and oil spills. Web CAFE adds to the tools that OR&R produces to assist spill responders and planners.

For additional information, contact Nicolle.R.Rutherford@noaa.gov or Polly.Jenne@noaa.gov.

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Last updated May. 1, 2020