Ahasanul Hoque

Ahasanul Hoque

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Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps

May 16, 2013, by aHaSaN, category Environmental Issues
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI)

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI)

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps provide a concise summary of coastal resources that are at risk if an oil spill occurs nearby. Examples of at-risk resources include biological resources (such as birds and shellfish beds), sensitive shorelines (such as marshes and tidal flats), and human-use resources (such as public beaches and parks).

When an oil spill occurs, ESI maps can help responders meet one of the main response objectives: reducing the environmental consequences of the spill and the cleanup efforts. Additionally, ESI maps can be used by planners—before a spill happens—to identify vulnerable locations, establish protection priorities, and identify cleanup strategies.

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