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Unveiling An ERMA Update: New Tools, Improved Layout, and More

Posted Tue, 02/20/2024 - 11:16
By Jay Coady, Office of Response and Restoration

This month, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration released a new version of the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®). The latest release of the web-based mapping application used by environmental responders and natural resource decision-makers includes a host of new features, tools, and optimizations, as well as improved mobile device responsiveness.


Enhancing NOAA Tools for Spill Risk Analysis

Posted Wed, 02/07/2024 - 08:59

OR&R created the Trajactory Analysis Planner, or TAP, to help answer the question: Where will spilled oil likely go? Recent enhancements make the NOAA software tool more flexible and easier for planners and responders to use when preparing for and minimizing harm caused by oil spills.

How Deepwater Horizon Data Tools are Used to Protect America’s Coastal Resources

Posted Tue, 04/14/2020 - 23:07
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our latest blog, learn more about how data tools used and developed during Deepwater Horizon help to protect coastal resources. 

Mapping Tool ERMA® Upgrades for the Future

Posted Mon, 12/23/2019 - 13:27
By Jay Coady, Office of Response and Restoration

Keeping up with technology is no small task. It seems like every month our smartphone software is out of date or there are some big updates happening on the computer. Nowadays, many smartphone apps will automatically refresh themselves with the most recent version. These range from small security fixes to major updates with a new look or feel that can catch users off guard. Just like any other technology, NOAA tools need to be updated so our work can continue to go as planned. 

Using ESI Maps to Set Priorities in the Chaos of an Oil Spill

Posted Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:41
By Megan Ewald and Tom Brosnan, Office of Response and Restoration

This week, we’re taking a closer look at what sensitivity mapping is, how it’s used, and why it’s so important. A snapshot of the resources in a specific area, sensitivity mapping can be a valuable tool both in and out of the spill response community. Our latest blog takes you through the process of using sensitivity mapping to prioritize response activities during an oil spill.

A Changing Landscape: Mapping Glacier Bay to Protect Coastal Resources

Posted Wed, 06/26/2019 - 17:12

A remnant of the Ice Age, Glacier Bay Park and Preserve sits between the Gulf of Alaska and Canada at the northernmost section of the southeastern Alaska coastline. As its name suggests, Glacier Bay is home to thousands of glaciers, though centuries ago, a single tidewater glacier stretched across the whole of Glacier Bay. By the mid-18th century, the ice began to retreat and has continued to withdraw nearly 60 miles in total over the past two and a half centuries.


Eyes in the Sky: Training by Land and by Air for the Next Big Oil Spill

Posted Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:59
By Liza Hernandez and Mathew Dorsey, Office of Response and Restoration

Participating in training and oil spill exercises is a great way for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) to maintain and improve our spill response and natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) capabilities. That’s why we’re constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with our federal, state, and industry partners to advance our application of science and technology, improve our capacity to respond, and strengthen our partnerships.