Oil spill science resources

Research resources

GRI_Logo_TransparentBackground.pngGulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) – A $500 million funder of oil spill science research, GoMRI  is led by an independent, academic 20-member Research Board, who guide the research focus and  funding decisions to ensure intellectual quality. Click  here to find the latest publications, news, and links to individual consortia webpages.


Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)­
 houses all the data that  has been collected by GoMRI­-funded scientists. It is free and open to the public here. 


NOAA-Transparent-Logo_1NOAA’s Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting {DIVER)  houses  datasets associated with the evaluation and restoration of environmental injuries. Click here to find out how to use NOAA’s tools to search, visualize, and download data.

NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) is an online  mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data. Use this tool to view Environmental Sensitivity Index maps, ship locations, weather, and ocean currents. ERMA is designed to aid in spill preparedness and planning and to assist in coordinating emergency response efforts. Click here to find out more.

Response resources

220px-USCG_W.svgThe United States Coast Guard Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution is a 15-member Inter-agency Committee that  was established by the Title VII of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Find out more by clicking here.




The U.S. National Response Team  
coordinates preparedness, planning, response, and recovery activities for pollutants and contaminants and oversees Regional Response Teams. Regional Response Teams host local Area Committee Meetings, which provide members of the public a place to connect with responders. Click here to learn more.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Incident Command Resource Center
Want to learn more about the Incident Command System (ICS)? Click here to find ICS review documents, training courses, job aids, and more.



NOAA-Transparent-Logo_1NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) plays a role in oil and chemical spills, environmental restoration, and marine debris. Click here to explore their  training and education opportunities.

The NOAA Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) report explains the injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It can be read by clicking here.

Click here to read the FOSC’s (federal on-scene coordinator) Guide to NOAA Scientific Support. The guidebook was written for oil and chemical spill responders and lists references to the scientific support services available NOAA OR&R’s Emergency Response Division.

Click here to contact NOAA Scientific Support Coordinators, who coordinate with responding agencies to make them aware of latest research findings.

Click the image below for a downloadable, printable copy of this information.

Archived oil spill information

Quick links to posts from various partner organizations shared between 2010 and 2012.

Featured image by CONCORDE.