New Deepwater Horizon Archive

January 8, 2011 - via NOAA National Ocean Service

Last week, NOAA unveiled a new web archive of the maps, wildlife reports, scientific reports and other previously released public information during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The site is intended to serve as a learning tool and resource for scientists, students and historians of all backgrounds.

Here are some of the highlights of what you'll find there:

  • 450 nearshore, offshore and cumulative oil trajectory forecasts
  • 33 fishery closure area and 9 fishery re-opening maps
  • 129 wildlife reports for animals including sea turtles and marine mammals
  • 58 nautical chart updates
  • 38 Gulf loop current location maps
  • More than 4,000 "spot" weather forecasts requested by responders

The archive also contains image and video galleries, fact sheets and publications, press releases and transcripts, educational resources, and mission logs by crewmembers on board several of the eight NOAA ships responding to the spill and the damage assessment. NOAA will continue to update the site in the weeks and months ahead. The new archive is at

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