credit: ERMA

One consequence of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is the insight to have all available geo information available in one place is not only good thing, but also a measure to avoid left hand not knowing what right hand doing.

So, just in time and days before the Shell armada starts drilling in the Chukchi Sea the federal mapping tool that aided first responders in Gulf spill expanded to the Arctic. (press release)

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco said: “The addition of Arctic ERMA will be a tremendous benefit to responders in this rapidly developing region. This scientific tool could provide essential information in responding to potential oil spills and pollution releases in the Arctic.”

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