Monthly Archives April 2020

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Regional Marine Debris Coordinator Christy Kehoe

Posted Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:55
By Jennifer Simms, Office of Response and Restoration Marine Debris Program

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured is Christy Kehoe, OR&R Marine Debris Program Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator.

The Early Days and Hours of Deepwater Horizon alyssa.dillon Mon, 04/20/2020 - 13:59

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our latest blog, get a detailed look at the early hours and days of the spill. 

How Thick is the Oil Slick?
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:43

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest marine oil spill in U.S history, and responding to the disaster required the use of brand-new satellite technology to detect and map the footprint of oil on the surface of the ocean. A decade later a team of interdisciplinary scientists, many of whom worked on the historic spill, are developing ways to advance satellite technology to do something new — estimating the thickness of oil slicks from outer space. 

How Deepwater Horizon Data Tools are Used to Protect America’s Coastal Resources
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Tue, 04/14/2020 - 23:07

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our latest blog, learn more about how data tools used and developed during Deepwater Horizon help to protect coastal resources. 

How Deepwater Horizon Spurred Advances in Oil Toxicity Science

Posted Tue, 04/14/2020 - 12:46
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our latest blog, learn more about the advances in oil toxicity science that followed the Deepwater Horizon spill. 

Incident Responses for March 2020

Posted Mon, 04/13/2020 - 22:26

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. This month OR&R responded to 11 incidents ...

NOAA’s Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology Pioneered During Deepwater Horizon Patrols America’s Oceans for Pollution

Posted Mon, 04/13/2020 - 11:30
By Juan Velasco and Ellen Ramirez, NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

Ten years ago an experimental satellite-based Marine Pollution Surveillance Report program was thrust into the national spotlight during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Since then, this program has grown in scale and accuracy, becoming an indispensable tool for oil spills of all sizes. This guest blog by Juan Velasco and Ellen Ramirez explores the story behind NOAA’s Marine Pollution Surveillance Program.

Advances in Science: How Deepwater Horizon Helped Improve NOAA’s Oil Spill Modeling

Posted Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:43
By Donna L. Roberts, in collaboration with Amy MacFadyen and Chris Barker, Office of Response and Restoration

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our latest blog, learn more about how Deepwater Horizon helped improve NOAA's oil modeling capabilities. 

From the Deepwater Horizon Incident Command, to the Helm of the Disaster Preparedness Program: A Career Built Around Disaster Coordination

Posted Thu, 04/09/2020 - 13:40

In 2010, before Deepwater Horizon happened, Kate Wheelock was a regional resource coordinator for OR&R’s Assessment and Restoration Division. Based in Rhode Island, she covered the northeast region. On April 21, 2010, Kate had been on her way to an eco-toxicology training in California, watching events unfold on airport televisions.

10 Things a Non-Scientist Has Learned in the Decade Since Deepwater Horizon

Posted Wed, 04/08/2020 - 13:05
By Tara Skelton, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In this guest blog from our partners at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, learn more about oil spill science communicator Tara Skelton’s experiences as a resident of the Gulf of Mexico during Deepwater Horizon, and what she’s learned since then.