Assessment of contamination at a site on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington state. (NOAA)

Environmental Assessment Tools

To measure impacts on the marine environment, NOAA scientists employ a number of tools, the majority of which have been developed within NOAA. Take a look at the following selection of critical assessment tools which OR&R uses in the natural resource damage assessment process to restore public resources. These tools are also frequently used with OR&R mapping and spatial data products to determine environmental damage. An innovative example of a mapping product NOAA has developed is ERMA®, an online mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data, in a centralized, easy-to-use format for environmental responders and decision makers. Find out more about how NOAA uses ERMA.

Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting (DIVER)

DIVER is a data management tool initially developed for the damage assessment resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The tool serves as a centralized data repository, which you can use to find and download diverse sets of validated environmental data from the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal US.

NOAA's Sampling Guidelines for Arctic Oil Spill Damage Assessments

We have developed a series of sampling guidelines for collecting high-priority, time-sensitive, ephemeral data in the Arctic after an oil spill to support Natural Resource Damage Assessment and other oil spill science.

Predicting Sediment Toxicity

This report from 2005, Predicting Toxicity to Amphipods from Sediment Chemistry, is intended for risk assessors, field biologists, and research scientists interested in the development and application of methods for evaluating the ecological risks associated with chemicals in sediments.

SQuiRT Cards

SQuiRTs is a set of double-sided, color cards that help evaluate potential risks from contaminated water, sediment, or soil.

Environmental Economics

In addition to scientific studies, NOAA uses a variety of economic methods to assess natural resource injuries.

Waste Site Reports

The Coastal Hazardous Waste Site Reports are an initial evaluation of potential injury to NOAA trust resources from identified hazardous waste sites.

Query Manager

Query Manager is a database standard and query tool that can be used to access analytical chemistry for sediment, tissue, water and oil, in addition to sediment and water toxicity data.