Alaska Ocean Observing System launches Cook Inlet Response Tool
Tool developed in partnership with Cook Inlet RCAC to aid in emergency response
The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) has just released a new data access and mapping application known as the Cook Inlet Response Tool, or CIRT. The tool can be launched through the AOOS website at www.aoos.org.
CIRT was developed in partnership with the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (Cook Inlet RCAC) to assist oil spill responders and planners, as well as provide information for researchers, managers, and the general public. While this pilot project focuses on Cook Inlet, aspects of it are immediately available to assist emergency responders working on the Kulluk Tow Incident, the Shell drilling rig currently aground near Kodiak. Developing CIRT has been a priority for both organizations for the past 18 months.
CIRT allows users to:
- Fly the coast and stream high definition video from coastal aerial surveys
- Tap into weather conditions, including wind speed, water level, temperature and other conditions from over 100 real-time sensors
- Visualize climate and oceanographic forecast models across time and depth
- Access geographic response strategies, oil persistence and hundreds of other GIS data sets including information for sensitive areas