• Development of a WebGIS Tool for Rapid Screening and Visualisation of Biodiversity and Sensitive Areas in the Gulf of Mexico

    This presentation in English is from the 2020 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability. Our archived 2020-21 event content is now available free to SPE members!

    • Paper Number: SPE-199415-MS
    • Published: 20 July 2020
    • Authors: Marco Pelucchi; Jason Sali; Victoria Gerber; Andrew Cameron; Cyril Mickiewicz; Paola Maria Pedroni

    Remote sensing technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can assist the rapid, cost-effective identification of biodiversity and environmentally sensitive areas in offshore and onshore environments. This information, visually represented through a WebGIS as interactive maps, provides useful input to management strategies that environmentally responsible energy companies put in place for impact prevention, and to minimise risk exposure and potential liabilities along the project lifecycle.

    As part of our Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) management model, we apply a suite of supporting tools and guidance materials. The BES Screening Tool (BESST) is an interactive WebGIS developed in collaboration with the conservation organization Fauna and & Flora International for the rapid screening and visualisation of BES values in the marine environment of the Gulf of Mexico.

    This paper presentation will illustrate, through practical examples, how the BESST can meet different business needs, such as: informing asset acquisition and disinvestment strategies (by identifying those located in highly sensitive areas where regulatory requirements are more restrictive, financial/reputational risks are higher, and restoration costs are also higher) and supporting the identification of priority operated and non-operated assets, facilities and associated infrastructure for resource prioritization for environmental baselines, mitigation and monitoring plans.

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  • Development of a WebGIS Tool for Rapid Screening and Visualisation of Biodiversity and Sensitive Areas in the Gulf of Mexico