NOAA produced cumulative trajectory maps early in the Deepwater Horizon spill response. They showed on a single map the surface location of spilled oil for several consecutive days, as well as a forecast for the following day. As the area of water affected by the spill grew larger, the forecast aspect of these maps became more important than the day-to-day changes in surface oil, so the next trajectory products included only forecasts. More information on trajectory maps is available at the Deepwater Horizon Trajectory Map Archive website.
Click the dropdown links below for a list of the trajectory maps produced during that month.
Note: During certain periods of the response, trajectory maps were produced twice a day. In the monthly lists, those maps are listed by date, with the time they were created (in the 24-hour time system). For example, the nearshore forecast maps (for the next 24 hours) produced on May 3 at 11:30 am and 11 pm are shown as "May 3 (1130) nearshore 24-hour surface oil forecast" and "May 3 (2300) nearshore 24-hour surface oil forecast," respectively.