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Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) for the Hawaiian Islands

Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), developed by the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, is an integrated data management platform that uses MapServer and Open Layers software to combine real-time and static regional geospatial data sets.  ERMAincorporates existing contaminant data with real-time data feeds that can be used to help address the environment risks posed by coastal storm runoff and high energy wave impacts and vessel groundings.  In additional tothe integrating data, ERMA also allows users to download data sets of interest and incorporate them into desktop GIS, Google Earth, or into partner GIS internet mapping sites.   

The ERMA recognizes spatial data sets, which include weather and forecasts, IOOS buoys, bathymetry, natural resource information, protected and economically important areas, restoration projects, areas of elevated marine debris accumulation during winter storms, water quality monitoring stations (with a focus on turbidity,  coral reef sedimentation issues, and storm water runoff), and sediment and tissue chemistry data.

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Michele Jacobi
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
George Graettinger
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration