Products and operations involved in response to Deepwater Horizon incident

Satellite Surface Oil Analysis

Graphical display/map of locations in the Gulf of Mexico of possible oil detected on the surface of the ocean (updated daily).

National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) support for the Deepwater Horizon Event

Archived Deepwater Horizon Data, Climatology Products, Ocean Currents Data, Satellite Data, Ocean Profile Data, Coastal Ecosystem Maps, Bilbliographical Collections, and Fisheries Information, Read more...

Historical Gulf of Mexico Data and Information at NODC

Historical data sets in the Gulf of Mexico as well as an explanation of how to get Gulf data from larger databases such as Ocean Archive System(OAS) or World Ocean Atlas.(WOA)

NOAA Central Library Network:

Deepwater Horizon: A Preliminary Bibliography of Published Research and Expert Commentary

Synopsis (PDF version)

Resources on Oil Spills, Response, and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography

NOAA Central Library Staff developed a document entitled: Resources on Oil Spills, Response, and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography. This document, also called Oil Spills Bibliography, has been prepared as an aid for those seeking information concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and information on previous spills and associated remedial actions. Various media products (web, video, printed and online documents) have been selected from resources available via the online NOAA Library and Information Network Catalog (NOAALINC). Many of the resources included have been produced by NOAA offices and programs. The content of the Bibliography includes information sources concerned both with the harmful effects of oil and chemical spills to marine habitats and their associated living marine resources and with the cultural and economic impacts caused by such spills.

The Bibliography is published online as Library and Information Services Division current references 2010-2 at: (PDF version) (Microsoft Word version).

National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) Deepwater Horizon The Joint Analysis Group (JAG)

The goal of the JAG is to provide comprehensive characterization of the Gulf of Mexico sub-surface conditions as well as the fate and transport of dispersed petroleum as a result of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Read More...

Historical Ocean currents for Deep Water Horizon (Click on the "Historical Data" followed by "Data")

The site includes graphical inventory of station locations. The site also contains Latex current meter data, which is on the shelf or the deepwater current meter data. The plot for the Deep Water Current Meter locations is also available.

Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (simplified network)

Deepwater Current Meter (metadata, etc.)

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) Global Navy Coastal Ocean Model (G-NCOM)

The model covers the Gulf of Mexico at a grid resolution of approximately 1/8 degrees (14km/7.5nm). Output from this model includes temperature, salinity, currents, and surface elevation (tides) with forecasts to 72 hrs, updated daily. Forecast fields from this model in NetCDF format are delivered in real time to both the NOAA Tactical Operations Center (TOC) and the NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) for distribution to NOAA and the public. The TOC sends the data to NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) where they are served as data and graphics. The NCDDC serves the data on their Ecosystem Data Assembly Center (EDAC). Interested users can view G-NCOM images and download the NetCDF files at these sites:

National Naval Research Laboratory Models

In addition to the NAVOCEANO, products listed, Dr. Ko of the Navy Research Lab is providing daily NetCDF files of forecasts and monthly surface current average from 2002/01 to 2009/12 and the monthly climatology (2002-2009) from both high-resolution NGOMNFS and large-scale IASNFS.

The Intra-Americas Sea Ocean Nowcast/Forecast System images SHELF)

The Gulf of Mexico Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (GOMEX HYCOM) data

NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch uses MODIS and SAR imagery in support of response and mitigation efforts related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

This is AquaMODIS True Color image (April 29, 2010) at 250 meter resolution of the Mississippi Delta. Images such as these are useful in observing the possible extent of the oil spill that began April 20, 2010. Read More...

Dr. Lubchenco's meeting with First Responders(image gallery)

NOAA's Dr. Lane Lubchenco, along with local and national first responders, speak to the public on efforts being taken to avert a major environmental crisis. Dr. Lubchenco visited Louisiana Gulf Coast Communities within days of the BP Oil Spill to get a first-hand look at the affected areas. Read More...