Environmental Sensitivity Mapping

Environmental sensitivity mapping is an essential step in oil pollution preparedness, response and cooperation efforts. An environmental sensitivity map is a beneficial tool when planning a response as it clearly identifies areas of ecological and socioeconomic importance. This information can be crucial for an incident management team (IMT) to prioritised response operations.

Environmental sensitivity maps display information on protected areas, important areas for biodiversity, sensitive ecosystems, critical habitats, areas of socioeconomic importance, shoreline type and natural resources.

Braemar Howells spill preparedness, environmental, and GIS specialists work as a team to produce comprehensive sensitivity maps which can be an essential part of an oil spill contingency and environmental management plan.