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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
How does oil
impact marine life?
NOS Ocean Fact
What is a natural resource damage assessment?
NOS Ocean Fact