NOAA scientists use a number of well-established approaches and methods to assess injuries to natural resources. By following valid and reliable procedures, we ensure that the data we collect are of high quality and appropriate for use in our injury analyses.
Oil spills, hazardous waste releases, and ship groundings can severely impact the coastal environment. NOAA provides the scientific expertise to evaluate injuries to habitats, fish, and wildlife. We then use this information to restore what was harmed.