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Mapping the Response to BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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Federal Agencies Introduce Online Mapping Tool to Track Gulf Response


Originally designed for responders making operational decisions related to the oil spill disaster, the 'Gulf Response' online mapping tool is now publicly available. This web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) platform integrates the latest data on the oil spill's trajectory, fishery closed areas, wildlife and place-based Gulf Coast resources — such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and daily position of research ships — into one customizable interactive map.

This week, NOAA launched a new public website that delivers near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.

The site incorporates data from NOAA, Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, the Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA, NASA, U.S. Geological Survey and the Gulf states.

Developed through a joint partnership between NOAA and the University of New Hampshire's Coastal Response Research Center, the online mapping tool is designed specifically for response activities where it is necessary to coordinate with various federal, state and local agencies. The site will serve as the official federal source for map-based data.