Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Data Viewer and REST Services for Atlases

Metadata Updated: January 16, 2016

ESI data characterize the marine and coastal environments and wildlife based on sensitivity to spilled oil. There are three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources. The shoreline and intertidal areas are ranked based on sensitivity determined by: (1) Shoreline type (substrate, grain size, tidal elevation, origin); (2) Exposure to wave and tidal energy; (3) Biological productivity and sensitivity; and (4) Ease of cleanup. The biology layers focus on threatened/endangered species, areas of high concentration, and areas where sensitive life stages may occur. Supporting data tables provide species-/location-specific abundance, seasonality, status, life history, and source information. Human-use resources mapped include managed areas (parks, refuges, critical habitats, etc.) and resources that may be impacted by oiling and/or cleanup (beaches, archaeological sites, marinas, etc.). ESIs are available for the majority of the US coastline, as well as the US territories. ESI data are available in a variety of GIS formats, as well as PDF maps. For more information or to download complete ESI data sets, go to: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi.

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Metadata Date January 7, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 27, 2015
Metadata Updated Date January 16, 2016
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2013 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date January 7, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 27, 2015
Metadata Updated Date January 16, 2016
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2013 (publication)
Responsible Party National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (ORR), Emergency Response Division (ERD) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. Besides the above warning, there are no use constraints on these data. Note that the ESI database should not be used to the exclusion of other pertinent data or information held by state or federal agencies or other organizations. Likewise, information contained in the database cannot be used in place of consultations with environmental, natural resource, and cultural resource agencies, or in place of field surveys. Recognize that the information contained in the ESI database represents known concentration areas or occurrences of natural, cultural, and human-use resources, but does not necessarily represent the full distribution or range of each species or resource. This is particularly important to recognize when considering potential impacts to protected resources, such as endangered species, wetlands, etc. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 72.0
Bbox South Lat -14.72
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Harvest Object Id d95bc8cf-d6fd-4577-a4fe-768fb2d43240
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence These data represent a snapshot in time and are not intended to include all biological or human-use resources present in an area. They should be used for a first assessment only. The data providers (listed in the original, atlas-specific metadata) are the experts with regard to individual resources. They should be contacted if you require more current and/or in-depth information about a particular resource.
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1977-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2007-01-01

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