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NOAA: Deepwater Horizon Archive

This site contains historical information from 2010, and may not contain the most up to date information.

As the nation’s experts on oceanic and atmospheric science and the lead science agency for oil spills, NOAA was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon incident since the earliest moments of the crisis. Our scientists used data from satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys, and gliders to collect and provide mission-critical information to guide the emergency response and now the long-term restoration of the Gulf Coast.  Much of that information is now centralized on this website, including daily weather and oil trajectory forecasts, emergency fisheries closure and reopening maps, mission reports, and much more.

The Deepwater Horizon Archive is designed for many users, from scientists and researchers seeking data to citizens wanting to learn more about the spill’s impact on the Gulf.

Gulf Science Monitor

Sharing Science from the Gulf Oil Spill Response

Issue 8: December 17, 2010


  • Unified Area Command releases report on oil monitoring data and analyses
  • NOAA deploys new electronic data collection system aboard Pisces

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NRDA Webisode

NRDA Webisode Video of Assessing the Damage, Restoring the Coast

Assessing the Damage, Restoring the Coast

NOAA has more than twenty years of experience restoring wildlife and habitats impacted by oil spills, hazardous waste sites and vessel groundings.

Go to the NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration site »

Seafood Safety

Latest Federal Fisheries Closure Map

Tuesday, April 19, 2011: The last area in federal waters closed to fishing due to the oil spill reopens (See map above).

Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill: Federal Fisheries Closure and Other Information »