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Office of Response and Restoration, 2023: Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Data Viewer and Data Services for Atlases,

Item Identification

Title: Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Data Viewer and Data Services for Atlases
Short Name: wms_esi_dataviewer_parent
Status: On Going
Creation Date: 2019
Revision Date: 2023
Publication Date: 2013

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:


ESI data are targeted for oil spill response and preparedness for coastal and nearshore resources. The data are a snapshot in time and are not all-inclusive; rather, they focus on resources particularly vulnerable to oiling. Provided these limitations are recognized, the data can be useful to a much broader audience for coastal zone management and assessment.




Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
NGDA Portfolio Themes
Biodiversity and Ecosystems Theme
NGDA Portfolio Themes
National Geospatial Data Asset
NGDA Portfolio Themes
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Amphibians
None Benthic habitats
None Birds
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI)
None Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI)
None Faults
None Fish
None Geology
None Geothermal activity
None Habitats
None Hydrography
None Invertebrates
None Marine mammals
None National Wetlands Inventory (NWI)
None Nests
None Oil spill planning
None Oil spill response
None Reptiles
None Saltponds
None Sensitivity maps
None Shorelines
None Socioeconomic resources
None Staging Points
None Terrestrial mammals
None Volcanoes
None Wildlife

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama ESI
None Aleutian Islands Alaska ESI
None American Samoa ESI
None American Samoa shorelines
None Bristol Bay Alaska ESI
None Central California ESI
None Columbia River ESI
None Cook Inlet Alaska ESI
None Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania ESI
None Florida ESI
None Georgia ESI
None Great Lakes ESI
None Guam and Northern Mariana Islands ESI
None Hawaii ESI
None Hudson River ESI
None Kodiak Alaska ESI
None Louisiana ESI
None Maine EVI
None Maryland ESI
None Massachusetts ESI
None Mississippi ESI
None New Hampshire ESI
None North Carolina ESI
None North Slope Alaska ESI
None North Slope Alaska Summary Maps ESI
None Northern California ESI
None Northwest Arctic Alaska ESI
None Prince William Sound Alaska ESI
None Puerto Rico ESI
None Puerto Rico shorelines
None Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey ESI
None San Francisco Bay California ESI
None South Carolina ESI
None Southeast Alaska ESI
None Southern California ESI
None Texas Upper Coast ESI
None U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone
None U.S. shorelines
None Virgin Islands ESI
None Virginia ESI
None Washington Puget Sound ESI
None Western Alaska ESI

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Response and Restoration
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: GIS Files
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

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.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 527639
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


CC ID: 527641
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


CC ID: 1222566
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Response and Restoration (ORR)
Address: 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: ORR Home Page

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 527642
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 527640
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 527645
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 72
S° Bound: -14.72

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 527644
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1977
End: 2007

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1269920

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Projected
EPSG Code: EPSG:3857
EPSG Name: WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Reference System 2

CC ID: 1269921

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4326
EPSG Name: WGS 84
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data 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.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1217838
Start Date: 2013
End Date: Present
Download URL:
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2013 - Present)
File Name: Variable

The ESI download website provides the user with all source files required.

File Type (Deprecated): Zip
Compression: Zip



CC ID: 527638
Name: ESI Download Page
URL Type:
Online Resource

ESI Download Page

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 527758
Activity Date/Time: 2016-01-07

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 527757
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Data Quality


Accuracy is variable within each atlas. Accuracy is described within Intro.pdf file in each atlas download.

Data Management

Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: No
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No



Download ESI Maps and GIS Data

CC ID: 1221843
Citation URL:
Citation URL Name: Download ESI Maps and GIS Data
Citation URL Description:

Download ESI Maps and GIS Data

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1221844

Process described in Environmental Sensitivity Index Guidelines document:

Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address:
Source: Download ESI Maps and GIS Data

Acquisition Information


Instrument Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable


Platform Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity GIS File

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40881
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40881
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 14:54+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Adam Rotert
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-31 18:42+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-03-10
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2023-03-10
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2024-03-10