From the UNH CCOM/JHC Seminar Series 2010-11: Research Assistant Professor Kurt Schwehr of UNH CCOM/JHC presents, "Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA): From Portsmouth Response to NOAA’s GeoPlatform Gulf Response." Talk was given on Friday, September 24, 2011 at UNH's Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory.
In 2007, a small UNH team put together a prototype emergency response web application using open source tools on a Mac Desktop and later a Mac Mini. That system, called Portsmouth Response, was designed to assist in the first hours of an environmental incident by providing easy access to basic GIS layers without requiring GIS experts. This system generalized and renamed to ERMA, begin deployed as prototypes in the Caribbean and participating in the Spill Of National Significance (SONS) drill in New England during March 2010. Before the team could evaluate the performance during the SONS drill, the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. Four days later, the ERMA team was called in for 24x7 support of NOAA and USCG operations to handle the incident. ERMA went from prototype system to being the system providing the Common Operational Picture (COP) is just a few weeks. In early June, NOAA setup a system to mirror the unrestricted datasets for the public on the GeoPlatform system. Kurt will describe how ERMA is designed and how it was used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident.
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