NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration has produced a handy online training module for individuals looking to strengthen their knowledge of spills and their effect on the environment. The following scenario describes and oil spill and directs you to the references and data that you can use to determine what natural resources are at risk.
The ESI Training Manual describes how Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps and data can be used by spill responders and planners, and by anyone interested in environmental sensitivity mapping. The manual provides an oil spill scenario that takes place in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Your task is to identify the probable resources at risk.
ESI data are distributed in multiple formats. The manual shows how to use:
* hard copy or PDF versions of the data.
* the free ESI Viewer product.
* the map document and tools available to simplify ESI viewing and querying in ESRI’s ArcMap vs. 9.2 or higher.
The same scenario is used for all of these formats, and the same basic questions are answered; however, a scenario with queries could be done on any of the ESI maps provided in these formats.
The ESI training manual can be downloaded HERE