Through the use of GIS technology, the Center for Spatial Analysis
assists the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), and the Department of Environmental
Protection in the event of an oil spill. These analyses assist
decision-makers in developing response and clean-up strategies, in
prioritizing response efforts, and in assessing damage after a
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to make several of the Coast Guard's Area Contingency Plans, an oil and hazardous material spill planning and response tool, digitally available on DVD and the Web.
The Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) is a measure of coastal
zone natural resources as depicted through the use of maps and
atlases. ESI is used in oil spill evaluation, prevention, and clean
FMSAS is a GIS used in response to oil or chemical spills. By providing timely assessments of the potential impacts on surrounding habitats, decision-makers can better determine cleanup procedures, thereby minimizing ecological damage and monetary loss.