Sensitivity mapping was completed for 1076 km (645 mi) of pipeline and for coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in preparation for completion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline Project. Pipeline sensitivity maps include environmental, human-use and archaeological features as well as drainage patterns indicating potential oil flow and downstream sites for spilled oil containment. The marine maps include environmental and human-use features, and appropriate oil spill containment sites. All information is compiled and stored using a Geographic Information System (GIS) from which hardcopy maps are created at various scales depending on purpose. Both integrated and stand-alone databases are used to quickly access needed environmental and response information. Map and text-based data are stored on a central server to provide internal accessibility and via a web-based, interactive internet mapping system. This is the first time that formalized sensitivity mapping has been carried out in Turkey.

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