Oil spills at sea can lead to serious ecological consequences. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment uses ecological vulnerability maps for decision taking in case of a spill. The maps are based on vulnerable ecological features such as vulnerable species (birds), occurrence of shellfish, spawning grounds, etc. The methods to make these maps were first developed in 2007 by the Ministry in close collaboration with Alterra and IMARES, both part of Wageningen UR, and with the consultancy Grontmij. In 2013 maps for the North Sea were updated with recent ecological information and the resolution was improved.
|Journal||ERA newsletter : latest news on environmental risk assessment issues|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|