Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later

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As the nation's experts on oceanic and atmospheric science and the lead science agency for oil spills, NOAA was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon incident since the earliest moments of the crisis. NOAA scientists used data from satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys, and gliders to collect and provide mission-critical information to guide the emergency response. Today, this support continues with the long-term restoration of the Gulf Coast.

As a member of the Deepwater BP Oil Spill Trustee Council, NOAA experts are now focusing on short-term and long-term restoration projects that will restore the Gulf Coast from the BP spill. The restoration planning process involves many steps and includes input from scientists, experts, and the public.

The following is a compilation of NOAA information and resources related to oil spill response and restoration in general and the Deepwater Horizon incident:

NOAA icon NRDA Trustees announce $1 billion agreement to fund early Gulf Coast restoration projects (April 21, 2011)

NOAA icon NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration

NOAA icon NOAA Deepwater Horizon Archive

NOAA icon RestoreTheGulf.gov

NOAA icon Oil Pollution Act of 1990

NOAA icon National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan

NOAA icon Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund

NOAA icon NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP)

NOAA icon U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center

Making Waves podcast

Deepwater Horizon: 1 Year Later
Interview with Debbie Payton from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration about her experience in dealing with the Deepwater Horizon spill response effort.

Making Waves podcast

NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
Interview with the commander of the NOAA Thomas Jefferson about the ship's role in conducting research in support of the oil spill response effort in June, 2010.

Making Waves podcast

Oil Spill Response
Learn more about oil spills and how NOAA responds to these events in this interview with Amy Merten from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration.

video icon Oil Spill 101
A series of four videos exploring some of the science and technologies related to Deepwater Horizon and all oil spill response activities.

video icon Deepwater Horizon Photo Gallery

video icon Deepwater Horizon Video Clips

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