The Science of the Spill
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NOAA Deepwater Horizon Research Bibliography

April 26, 2012 - Deepwater Horizon: A Preliminary Bibliography of Published Research and Expert Commentary is available for viewing and downloading here.

From NOAA's description, "This bibliography attempts to list all of the published research and expert commentary that has resulted from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It includes peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, technical reports released by scientific agencies and institutions, and editorials published in peer-reviewed journals. The peer-reviewed publications and technical reports in this bibliography are sorted into three subject categories: natural, medical, and social sciences."

Publications by Science of the Spill Program Participants

A list of publications by scientists who participated in the Science of the Spill programs on Mississippi Public Broadcasting is available on this website. The publications described findings from research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident. The list will be updated as new publications are released. List of participants

Restoration and Recovery

  • National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling [accessed 8/28/13]
    President Barack Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling through Executive Order 13543 on May 21, 2010. The Commission examined the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developed options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This included recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices.

Response and Cleanup Efforts, Agencies, and Government

These links are widely available from other sources; a detailed list will not be included here.

Public Health

Seafood Safety

This page has links to weekly reports from the Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF), Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Agriculture and Forestry (DAF).

  • Seafood Surveillance Data, Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill Information. A graphical link to summary results from NOAA Fisheries [accessed 8/28/13]

Petroleum Background and Hazards

Crude Oil

Spilled Oil - Slicks, Sheens, Mousse, Tarballs, and Patties

  • Shoreline Assessment Job Aid (pdf, 3.0 mb) [accessed 8/28/13]
    An excellent background resource to help understand the terminology of oil spills, with photographs illustrating types of oil (fresh oil, tarballs, patties, mousse, ...), oil distribution, sediment types, shoreline types, and cleanup methods,
  • Fact Sheet: Understanding Tar Balls (pdf, 468 kb) (accessed 9.15.10)
    Simple two-page flyer from NOAA providing an introduction to tarballs.
  • Fact Sheet: Guide to Distinguishing Oil From Algal Blooms (pdf 236 kb) [accessed 8/28/13]
    When observed from a boat or aircraft, algal blooms and oil may be confused. This two-page NOAA flyer provides photos and information to help distinguish the two.

Dispersants

Corexit Products

Where Did the Oil Spread and What Happened it?

National Incident Command Evaluation

  • BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Budget: What Happened To the Oil?, released August 2, 2010. (report is not dated) [accessed 8/28/13]
    "The National Incident Command (NIC) assembled a number of interagency expert scientific teams to estimate the quantity of BP Deepwater Horizon oil that has been released from the well and the fate of that oil."
  • Supporting information, calculation method, and details for "Deepwater Horizon MC252 Gulf Incident Oil Budget," August 2, 2010. [accessed 8/28/13]

Georgia Sea Grant Evaluation

  • Outcome/Guidance from Georgia Sea Grant Program: Current Status of BP Oil Spill, August 17, 2010, Chuck Hopkinson, Director, Georgia Sea Grant [accessed 8/28/13]
    This report summarizes the findings of an ad hoc group of Florida university-based oceanographic experts who independently evaluated and interpreted the conclusions of the NIC oil budget report. The group states that the media interpretation of the report’s findings has been largely inaccurate and misleading. Oil that the NIC report categorizes as dissolved or dispersed has been widely interpreted by the media to mean “gone,” resulting in the conclusion that only about one quarter of the oil remains in the marine environment. The Georgia Sea Grant group believes that most of the dissolved and dispersed forms of oil are still present and not necessarily harmless. The group based it's distribution fractions on the 4.1 million barrels of oil that escaped into the Gulf, not on the 4.9 million barrels released from the wellhead, of which 0.8 million barrels was captured.

Why Don't the Numbers Agree?

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council [accessed 8/28/13]
    The Trustee Council was formed to oversee ecosystem restoration in Prince William Sound. Their site provides information about the Exxon Valdez spill, its impacts, and restoration and research efforts.
    Note: An excellent web resource for understanding the history of the Exxon Valdez spill, the recovery, and the current status of Prince William Sound.
    Highlights:
  • Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council [accessed 8/28/13]
    The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council was formed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 to provide a voice for communities affected by oil industry decisions in Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska, and Cook Inlet.
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill [accessed 8/28/13]
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, web resources for information on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Includes links to many related resources, including photo galleries.
    Note: Good set of references, particularly Lessons Learned section.
  • Hindsight and Foresight: 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill (QuickTime video, 202.9 mb) [accessed 8/28/13]
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A short documentary revisiting the Exxon Valdez oil spill twenty years later, and the changes it brought about in its wake.
    Note: Good overview of Exxon Valdez spill, response, and remaining effects. Focus on NOAA role in spill reponse.

Air Monitoring Data

EPA Air Monitoring Data for the Gulf Coast [accessed 8/28/13]
This interactive page allows you to select air monitoring locations from a map and then view the most current test results. You may also download historical data (as a .csv file) for the site you selected and view them using the spreadsheet software on your computer. Note that many pages open in a new browser window.

The data viewing process is somewhat complex. Unfortunately, summary information and basic conclusions are not readily available on the site.

Water Sampling Data

EPA Water Monitoring Data for the Gulf Coast [accessed 8/28/13]
This interactive page allows you to select water monitoring locations from a map and then view the most current test results. You may also download historical data (as a .csv file) for the site you selected and view them using the spreadsheet software on your computer. Note that many pages open in a new browser window.

The data viewing process is somewhat complex. Unfortunately, summary information and basic conclusions are not readily available on the site.

Miscellaneous Topics

Underwater Video from MC252

  • OilSpillHub.org [accessed 8/28/13]
    A resource site for educators, scientists, and engineers. Features hundreds of hours of underwater video. Oilspillhub.org is an online resource for those studying the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The site provides an archive of the underwater video of the event, as well as additional tools and resources for educators, scientists, and engineers who are expanding our knowledge of environmental issues.

Booms

"Dead Zones"

Wildlife

28-page publication describing the threats to birds in Louisiana and adjacent areas posed by the the oil spill and other factors. Summarizes the conclusions of a team who evaluated the region six months after the spill. Includes recommendations for mitigating spill effects and protecting birds and wildlife.

Bibliographies

  • Resources on Oil Spills, Response, and Restoration: A Selected Bibliography, NOAA, June 2010 (206 pages, pdf, 1.4 mb) (accessed 9.15.10) [accessed 8/28/13]
    Prepared as an aid for those seeking information concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and information on previous spills and associated remedial actions. Includes electronic resources, video resources, and publications.
  • Fact Sheet: Deepwater Horizon Information Resources, August 2, 2010 (pdf, 243.7 kb) [accessed 8/28/13]
    Two-page flyer from NOAA providing a categorized list of web-based resources providing information relevant to the respone to the Deepwater Horizon spill.


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Copyright © 2010-2012. All rights reserved. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant 1048433. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.