As the nation's experts on oceanic and atmospheric science and the lead science agency for coastal oil spills, NOAA was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the earliest moments of the crisis in April 2010.
Our scientists have been using data from satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys, and gliders to collect and provide mission-critical information to guide the emergency response to the spill as well as the long-term restoration of the Gulf Coast.
The following websites represent the most up-to-date information on NOAA activities related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration: This website serves as the central source of information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The co-trustees participating in the NRDA process, including NOAA, maintain the website. Through the NRDA process, the trustees are quantifying how much damage the spill did to natural resources and related recreational uses. At the same time, they are advancing numerous restoration projects to compensate the public for these environmental injuries of the nation's coastal waters, lands, plants, and animals. On this website, you can submit ideas for restoration projects, see ideas submitted by others, keep up-to-date on restoration project planning and implementation, and directly access and download data collected during the damage assessment.
ERMA® Deepwater Gulf Response: ERMA is the Office of Response and Restoration's online mapping tool integrating key environmental response information for responders and decision makers. This site served a critical role in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and remains an active resource during continued response efforts and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process.
NOAA NODC Support for the Deepwater Horizon Incident: This NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) website is the archive for oceanographic data collected during the oil spill. The archive provides access to physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic datasets available for download.
NOAA Joint Analysis Group: The Joint Analysis Group for Surface and Sub-Surface Oceanography, Oil, and Dispersant Data was an analytical team with representation from key agencies, including NOAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The group analyzed sub-surface oceanographic data derived from the sampling efforts by private, federal, and academic scientists and provided operational input on environmental sampling during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.
NOAA Deepwater Horizon Trajectory Maps: A record of the Deepwater Horizon spill trajectories, generated by the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) from April 21 through August 23, 2010. The trajectories are available by type and by date.