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Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA)
Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R)
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Technological Developments

Oil Thickness Research

Thick Oil Detection by Remote Sensing
Ira Liefer - Bubble Research International, University of California, Santa Barbara (PDF 172K)

Marine Disaster Response

ERMA DWH NRDA Oil on Water Workgroup

Deepwater Horizon Federal COP: ERMA (Environmental Response Management Application)

Deepwater Horizon Lessons Learned - Methodology and Operational Tools to Assess Future Oil Spills

Enabling Effective Interagency Oil Spill Remote Sensing - The FOSTERRS Working Group
Ira Leifer - Bubble Research International, University of California, Santa Barbara (PDF 2.2 MB)

The Federal Oil Spill Team for Emergency Response Remote Sensing, FOSTERRS: Enabling Remote Sensing Technology for Marine Disaster Response
Ira Leifer, John Murray, Davida Streett, Timothy Stough, Ellen Ramirez, and Sonia Gallegos

Recent Progress

NOAA Oil Observing Tools Workshop Tuesday
October 20, 2015 to Thursday, October 22, 2015 Mobile, AL

Natural and Unnatural Oil Slicks in the Gulf of Mexico (summary)
MacDonald et al., 2015 (PDF 2.5 MB)

Remote Sensing the Santa Barbara Oil Spill (PDF 430K)