NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration offers this Deepwater Horizon Incident website with the latest news, trajectory maps and forecasts, links to scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state, and local organizations, and images, much more. The Information for Students and Teachers hosts background information about spills, activities and lesson plans, and much more. Check out the Web Portals for links to emergency response programs, restoration planning tools, and more. On the NOS website, you can learn more about the spill in the April 27 episode of Making Waves, and check out a recent episode of Diving Deeper to learn more oil spills in general and how NOAA responds to these events in an interview with Amy Merten from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.
As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been on the scene of the BP/Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state, and local organizations. NOAA has mobilized experts from across the agency to help contain the spreading oil spill and protect the Gulf of Mexico’s many marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, shellfish and other endangered marine life. One of NOAA’s lead offices in this effort is the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R).
OR&R has up-to-date information on the Deepwater Horizon spill as well as loads of science-based, accurate information on oil spills, spill response, and effects on wildlife as well as a host of photos and fact sheets that are downloadable for your use. OR&R also offers other educational materials for students and teachers.
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