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.
Our Scientific Tools
Our scientists have developed or refined several tools for use by responders, the public, and trustees involved in the [qtip:Natural Resource Damage Assessment|Investigation performed by trustees to identify injuries to natural resources caused by oil spills, hazardous substance releases, and grounding incidents in National Marine Sanctuaries, and plan restoration activities. The goal of NRDA is to restore natural resources and compensate the public for lost recreational use.] process.
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.