Gulf Science Monitor
About the Response

NOAA has five primary roles in oil spills: conduct science, keep seafood safe, protect wildlife, assess damage, and restore habitat. Our expertise and science, paired with long-standing partnerships with other federal, local, nongovernmental and academic organizations, continues to serve critical needs for the long-term recovery of the Gulf and its economy.

Quotation Mark"NOAA, along with our partners in the academic and private research institutions and other federal agencies, remain vigilant in our efforts to track and monitor the oil, from the marshes to the open ocean, from the [sea] surface to the bottom of the gulf. And we will remain in the gulf for as long as it takes to assess the damage and restore the ecosystems."

Jane Lubchenco,
NOAA Administrator

NOAA Line Offices

From weather and satellites to oceans and fisheries, every part of NOAA was involved in responding to the spill. The Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA’s lead office for oil spills, was joined by several others:

To learn more about NOAA and its Deepwater Horizon oil spill response capabilities, view our "Did You Know" fact sheet.

Research Partners

Many academic and private research institutions contributed personnel, expertise and equipment as partners in NOAA’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Partners remain an integral part of ongoing efforts to restore the Gulf.

Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

NOAA National Sea Grant Office & The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs

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University of Aberdeen (Scotland)

University of Aberdeen (Scotland)

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Auburn University

Auburn University

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University of California -- Santa Barbar

University of California - Santa Barbara

Successfully forecast where and when spilled oil would wash ashore using new, unique forecasting methods.

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University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Deployed an underwater glider to process real-time data on sea surface temperatures, information that will help scientists understand where the oil will go next.

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University of East Carolina Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

University of East Carolina Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID Grant to study the chemical and biological impact of the oil spill.

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University of Florida

University of Florida

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Lousiana State University Earth Scan Laboratory

Lousiana State University

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University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Monitoring the spill and helping to prepare for the long-term consequences of this ecological disaster.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Deployed underwater robot to study Deepwater Horizon spill.

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University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System

Deployed and conducted vessel activities.

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University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

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Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Scripps Research Institute

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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University of South Florida College of Marine Science

University of South Florida College of Marine Science

Providing oil spill trajectory forecasts both at the surface and subsurface using a variety of models and observations.

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University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science

University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science

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Texas A&M University College of Geosciences

Texas A&M University College of Geosciences

Part of the Unified Area Command's ongoing efforts to monitor and study the location, concentration and impacts of subsurface hydrocarbons near the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Tulane University

Tulane University

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University of Washington Applied Physics Lab

University of Washington Applied Physics Lab

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University of West Florida

University of West Florida

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Instutition
Woods Hole Oceanographic Instutition

Developing and adapting the tools and processes necessary to support the science and engineering objectives.

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