Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Oil Spill

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 spill.

Area Contingency Plan (ACP)

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.

Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps

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 up capabilities.

Florida Marine Spill Analysis System (FMSAS)

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.

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