Gulf Science Monitor

Understanding how oil spills affect the coastal environment, national economy, and human health can be confusing, especially for students in communities impacted the most. Throughout the response, NOAA worked with teachers and educational organizations to provide online information and resources. Additionally, NOAA invited nearly a dozen teachers to sail with us onboard our fleet of research ships through our Teacher at Sea program. For more information, visit NOAA Education’s Gulf Oil Spill webpage.

Lessons & Activities

An oiled feather

From cleaning oiled feathers to natural resource restoration, NOAA’s Education Page provides teachers with lesson and activity ideas, multimedia, real world data, and more.

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Teacher at
Sea Spotlight

Bruce Takerta out at Sea

Ten teachers from around the nation joined NOAA research cruises responding to the oil spill. Read about the journey of high school science teacher Bruce Takerta, a NOAA Teacher at Sea program participant, who sailed on board NOAA Ship Oregon II.

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Case Study

Ship sailing in Alaska

“Prince William’s Oily Mess” provides information, web resources and a glossary about ecosystem recovery from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

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Ocean Facts

What is the Natural Resource Damage Assessment?

An oiled shoreline in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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How does oil impact marine life?

An expert that is trained on how to clean oil from animals, rehabilitate them, and return them to the environment.

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What is the Loop Current?

Two views of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

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