Oil Spill ESI Maps
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To prepare for and respond to oil spills, NOAA uses ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index) maps. These maps describe habitats, animals, plants, and recreational or commercial activities along a particular coast. They help determine exactly how an oil spill threatens the coast. In this activity, you'll find out more about these maps.
- Here's a sample ESI map. What does an ESI map show?
- How is an ESI map useful when there's an oil spill?
- Look at these ESI shoreline types. what types of shorelines are most vulnerable to oil spills?
- Here's a summary of biological resources shown on ESI maps. What types of wildlife are most at-risk during oil spills?
- Oil spills also affect human-use resources. Describe the different ways oil spills can impact human activities.