A Resource For Oil Spill Research
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a dataset containing more than 2 million chemical analyses collected in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These analyses, which were based on samples of sediment, living tissue, water and oil, offer considerable insight into the environmental effects of the spill, and will likely be valuable to researchers in fields from oceanography to fluid dynamics. The data may also be of use to researchers studying the wide-ranging socioeconomic impacts of the spill. The data was collected by a variety of federal agencies, state environmental management agencies and BP, the oil company that owned the Deepwater Horizon rig.