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Sensitivity mapping for oil spill response

April 2012

Revision 2016

Sensitivity maps convey essential information to those responding to oil spills by identifying the sites of coastal resources and environmentally-sensitive areas. Making these maps involves assembling information on resources and deciding what guidelines for spill response should be included. Uses range from planning practical site-specific shore protection and clean-up to strategic planning for large remote areas. This document explains the processes for compiling these maps, the differences between strategic and tactical sensitivity maps, and provides guidance on running a sensitivity mapping project.

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