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. 

Recalling the Early Hours—and Challenges—of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Posted Mon, 04/06/2020 - 14:03
By Charlie Henry, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration and Director of the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center

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 2015 blog, NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center Director Charlie Henry looks back on his time as the lead scientific support coordinator during Deepwater Horizon and the early hours of the response. 

NOAA Makes Data on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Plume Available Online

Posted Sun, 04/05/2020 - 18:40

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 2013 blog, learn more about how integral data collection and management was during the damage assessment.

Assessing the Impacts from Deepwater Horizon alyssa.dillon Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:57

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster spread spilled oil deep into the ocean’s depths and along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, compromising the complex ecosystem and local economies. The response and the natural resources damage assessment were the largest in the nation’s history. In this 2017 blog, learn more about the natural resources injured by the Deepwater Horizon spill, and how our team assessed those injuries.