Newly Launched Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) Webtool – Bringing Environmental Assessment to Your Fingertips

Newly Launched Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) Webtool – Bringing Environmental Assessment to Your Fingertips

The Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) Webtool is a novel GIS decision support tool for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and planning processes in Ireland. Bringing together more than 100 public datasets, the tool allows planners to examine environmental considerations within their plan area and create plan-specific environmental sensitivity maps. These maps can help planners anticipate potential land-use conflicts, thus informing the identification of suitable development locations while protecting the environment. As well as its primary use in SEA and planning, the tool will also be useful for a wide range of other sectors and applications.

The ESM Webtool is funded by the EPA and developed and maintained by researchers at UCD’s School of Geography and the All-Island Research Observatory at Maynooth University. The tool is hosted by OSi on the GeoHive Portal. You can find out more about at www.enviromap.ie.