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Oil Spill Resources

posted Nov 11, 2010, 1:15 PM by Cesar Harada

posted Jun 18, 2010 2:05 AM by Li Yu   [ updated Jun 18, 2010 2:21 AM by Cesar Harada ]

This is a running list of helpful sites and resources devoted to measuring the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in all its dimensions.

If you have suggested links, send them to and put “Oil Spill Resources” in the subject line. Please include your name, age and a number where we can reach you. Or cc @silencematters on Twitter with your suggested link.


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (2010) — The New York Times
Topics Page
A Tour of the World’s Depths — Week in Review
Methods That Have Been Tried to Stop the Leaking Oil — Graphics

Google’s Crisis Response


Oil Spill Crisis Map — Tulane University
This map was created with the Ushahidi open source software by Tulane University students in tandem with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the site host Radical Designs so that Gulf Coast residents could speak out on whether and how the spill is threatening their livelihoods and ecosystems. More about the map »
The Web site also offers a long list of community resources that are posting updates and service announcements for all of the communities affected by the spill.

Visualizing the BP Oil Spill Disaster –

A Google map that superimposes the current dimensions of the oil stain on your hometown (or any other spot you choose).


  • Interactive Social Media Map Allows readers to add points with links to online photos, Web sites and YouTube videos related to the oil spill.
  • Economic Impact Map Shows the percentage of economic income from fishing, tourism and shipping in the coastal areas closest to the spill.
  • Request Assistance ESRI, a company that provides geographic information software, is helping organizations that are responding to the oil spill with  software, data, imagery, project services and technical support.
Map of the Oil Rigs and Pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico via   blackpoll_esri
Matthew Baker, ESRI Map of the Oil Rigs and Pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. (See larger version)
Data Sources: Pipelines and Platforms

Map of the oil rigs and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, via blackpoll_esri on Flickr –
A series of maps of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oil pipelines, and oil platforms that display aggregate data from the Louisiana state government, the federal Department of the Interior, the Minerals Management Service and ESRI Basemaps. Follow @blackpoll_esri on Twitter.

Grassroots Mapping – Instructs people on how to use balloons, kites and other simple tools to produce their own aerial imagery of the spill, documentation that will useful in years to come. Check out the project onKickstarter.

Info Graphics

The New York Times

Government Sites

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and  Emergency Preparedness |  Louisiana

IncidentNews — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service andOffice of Response and Restoration

Deepwater Horizon Response



Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Multimedia Collection – NYT

Caught in the Oil — the Big Picture —

NASA’s MISR provides unique views of gulf oil slick from space

Greenpeace on the gulf oil spill — Flickr

Oiled pelican before and after cleaning — Flickr

Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Before the Oil Spill — Flickr Group

National Wildlife Federation — Flickr

Wildlife at Risk From the Deepwater Drilling Disaster —

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010 — Flickr Group

Environmental Defense Fund

Infrogmation on Flickr

SkyTruth Photos
SkyTruth uses pictures taken from satellites and airplanes to investigate and illustrate environmental issues like drilling for natural gas and oil, mining and logging. Satellite images can show environmental change over large areas and spanning decades in time.

Possible Leak at Platform 23051, Gulf of Mexico. Sequence of satellite images from April 25 to May 18 showing what appears to be a small, persistent leak from an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Platform 23051 is located a few miles southeast of South Pass, one of the main outlet channels of the Mississippi River.

Lebouef Tide, Deepwater Horizon oil spill — Flickr

Oil spill photos from Julie Dermansky — Flickr

Drill Baby Drill — Wildlife Gallery — Flickr Group

Deepwater Horizon, U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs — Flickr

Oil spill aerial photos, Gulf Restoration Network — Flickr



2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill
The goal is to create an editable directory of resources related to disasters and crises around the world.

Oil Spill Open Innovation Wiki
A platform for engineers and others to collaborate on developing solutions to the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Oil Spill Solutions Wiki
A place to collaboratively develop solutions to the oil spill.


Gulf-Oiled-Pelican-Intake-2010I.B.R.C.C. An oiled brown pelican.

International Bird Rescue Research Center 
With an oil spill response team of more than 25 wildlife experts, the center has managed efforts to rehabilitate oiled birds in more than 200 oil spills in 11 states, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research

Universities / Research Organizations

University of South Florida — College of Marine Science

The University of South Florida has a research vessel that has made numerous trips to the oil spill site.

History of Oil Spills

A History of Oil Spills

10 Famous Spills

Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Oil, the Loop Current and the Atlantic — Green Blog — NYT
A Gulf Spill Team in … New Jersey? — Green Blog — NYT


Understanding Black Tides — Diagrams and animations about oil at sea, pollutants and how chemical dispersants work.

Ocean Remote Sensing Base for Interactive Teaching and Learning — Learn about how scientists use satellites to study the ocean.

Blogs and Feeds About the Oil Spill

Art, Design & Protest

Moritz Resl on Flickr
Leroy Stick, the man behind @BPGlobalPR

Corporate Sites



While some of the links for these sites are being assembled by media organizations, many more are being collected by lone individuals, people like yourself. Reach out to some of the people working to bring these projects to light, or start one up yourself.

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