Past Awards

FY 2022 | 2 – Respond | 22-10-11

Update of Bird Habitat ESI Classification

Christine Boring, Research Planning, Inc.
Contract Term: 04/01/22 - 12/31/23
Award: $87,267

The goals and objectives for the update of bird habitat ESI classification for Cook Inlet and
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska are as follows:
➢ To develop high-quality, current data on sensitive resources for both oil spill planning and
response.
➢ Implement strategies to facilitate incremental updates.
Being part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of
Response and Restoration since 1978, Research Planning, Inc. is often among the first teams
contacted by the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC) to determine the resources at risk.
We provide scientific support via NOAA to the U.S. Coast Guard for 50-100 spills per year.
Therefore, we know how important it is to have current data in the Environmental Sensitivity
Index (ESI) geodatabases.
RPI knows that it is difficult to fund updates of all the shoreline, biological, and human-use data
for an atlas, so we have been working on strategies to facilitate incremental updates. We are
currently conducting incremental updates for ESI atlases in Texas (2019-2022) and Florida;
states that have internal funding (though limited on an annual basis) to update their ESI data.
These incremental updates of specific data layers have gone well.