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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

bp oil rupture, Part II

Here the latest from bp itself at the current NOC show in London.

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The go-to websites are the joint response site as well as NOAA's. But the statement that follows adds to Drew Stephen's view from the frontline posted earlier, including the link to bp's own webmap below.


The statement of Marcia K. McNutt before the Committee on Appropriations on May 27, 2010, provided a brief yet in-depth behind-the-scenes view of a key federal agency in this event. Let me highlight three points she made one week after the disaster:
  • USGS Science: From Response to Recovery
Around 22,000 people are following the effort on Facebook; 4,700 people on Twitter; and 38 videos are available on Youtube with one video having almost 1 million views
  • Estimating oil volume
This is the first time AVIRIS has been used during a large oil spill, but the technology is widely recognized and has been successfully applied in other instances; for example, to map debris from the September 11 event, to map locations of naturally occurring asbestos, and to map liquid hydrocarbons on Saturn’s moon Titan.
  • Geospatial Support
The USGS has provided historical images and nautical charts of the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana coast to the FWS, the USCG, the U.S. Navy, and BP.
Imagine what this might have looked like in this fictitious meeting.

Photomontage: mock White House security briefing
Hayward & McNutt look on, Obama rolls up his sleeve

Note: part I is here, and here's an update thanks to the Map Room:

"Ted Weinstein sends along a link to this animated map showing the spread of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico since 1942:

The video’s author discusses the maps and data here and here."