Marine spatial planning and oil spill risk analysis: Finding common grounds

Journal Article

A flow of key information links marine spatial planning (MSP) and oil spill risk analysis (OSRA), two distinct processes needed to achieve true sustainable management of coastal and marine areas. OSRA informs MSP on areas of high risk to oil spills allowing a redefinition of planning objectives and the relocation of activities to increase the ecosystem's overall utility and resilience. Concomitantly, MSP continuously generates a large amount of data that is vital to OSRA. The Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) mapping system emerges as an operational tool to implement the MSP-OSRA link. Given the high level of commonalities between ESI and MSP data (both in biophysical and human dimensions), ESI tools (both paper maps and dynamic GIS-based product) are easily developed to further inform MSP and oil spill risk management. Finally, several other benefits from implementing the MSP-OSRA link are highlighted. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Santos, CF; Michel, J; Neves, M; Janeiro, J; Andrade, F; Orbach, M

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 73 - 81

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-326X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.07.029