The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) is a web-based data management platform integrating real-time (ship locations, weather, currents, etc.) and static data in an easy-to-use format. ERMA provides environmental responders and decision-makers ready access to response-relevant data for spill drills, planning, response, assessment, and restoration, as well as for other incidents and natural disasters. The system incorporates data into a fast, user-friendly Geographic Information System (GIS) that is accessible to a command post as well as people in the field and other locations. Developed by NOAA and the Coastal Response Research Center at the University of New Hampshire with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of the Interior, the site offers the user a "one-stop shop" for integration and synthesis of various types of information for the disaster response, marine debris, climate change, spatial planning, and restoration communities.
Each region of the United States includes requires fine resolution data in order for stakeholders to take full advantage of ERMA's capabilities for analysis and data management. Therefore, ERMA sites are developed for a specific geographic region.