Location: New Jersey, USA
Starting Year: 1991
Mark Sorensen, GPC President, while under the employ of ESRI was the project manager for the development of an oil spill contingency planning and response demonstration system for the Arthur Kill estuary, New Jersey, USA. This was one of the first GIS based oil spill response systems that combined the digital representation of Environmental Sensititivity Index (ESI) shoreline ratings as well as other "resources at risk". The application also included a heuristic model to predict the near term spread and fate of spilled oil, a calculation of resources at risk that could be affected, and the integration of contingency plans including the location and inventory of labor, equipment and other response resources.