Falkland Islands coastal shoreline ESI

The dataset represents the northern and eastern shorelines of the Falkland Islands classified according to the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) classification system. The classification should be considered at broad scale and identify units that can be used only for analyses carried out at regional scale. The coastline was also divided into coastal zones identified within the framework of the "inshore oil transfer project" carried out on behalf of Premier Oil Ltd.

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Last Updated December 21, 2020, 09:59 (PST)
Created January 30, 2020, 05:19 (PST)
Region Falkland Islands
Language eng
Topic Category oceans
Temporal Extent Start 2014-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2014-12-31
Dataset Reference Date 2014
Lineage The Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) refers to a shoreline classification and sensitivity ranking system which was introduced in the United States 35 years ago and that until today has been used as valid component in defining oil spill contingency planning and marine environmental assessment. It was applied to the northern and eastern coastline of the Falkalnds as these areas may be the most impacted if an accident offshore (at Sea Lion field) and inshore (at the location of the inshore oil transfer) would happen. The complete list of standard ESI shoreline ranking is composed of categories for four environmental settings: estuarine, lacustrine, riverine and palustrine. In order to be applicable to the Falklands the ESI ranking has been adapted to reflect a coastal environment whose description vary from exposed to open ocean and battered by gale force winds for half of the year to sheltered in tidal mud flat inlet, creeks and shallow bays. For instance, a new class called 3D, was introduce to describe a shoreline formed by a scarp on a rocky and consolidated sediment. The analysis was qualitative and based on: google earth as referece satellite imagery, local and personal knowledge, pictures and hours of coastal walks. The level of accuracy should be considered high for the northern and north eastern part for East Falklands. While is between 70% and 40% for the northern coastline of West Falkland and for the south eastern coast of East Falkland.
West Longitude 187477.46
South Latitude 4133693.23
East Longitude 452531.38
North Latitude 4341392.2
Spatial Reference System UTM 21S WGS84
Responsible Organisation Name Hidden (personal data protection)
Contact Mail Address Hidden (personal data protection)
Responsible Party Role Hidden (personal data protection)
Access Limitations Open access
Use Constraints Open, but copyright and/or Intellectual Property Rights apply
Resource Reference If data are reused please acknowledge Premier oil Ltd and South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute.
Data Format kml, shape
Update Frequency not planned
Accuracy between 1 and 150 metres
Resource Type Dataset
Original Title Hidden (internal use only)
Metadata Date 2014-06-26
Metadata Point of Contact datamanager@saeri.ac.fk
Contact Consent Contact details hidden
Unique Resource ID FK-PREMIER-81

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