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.
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.