New Tools to Track and Share BP Oil Spill Data
As part of the EPA’s ongoing response to the Deepwater BP oil spill, we have developed new ways to provide the public with the latest data and information. EPA’s emergency response site offers downloadable files with data on air, water, sediment and waste conditions gathered since April 28th, just days after the spill.
Recently, EPA introduced two additional tools using Google Earth and Socrata (disclaimer) to track and explore data.
EPA’s Socrata site presents monitoring date in an interactive table that users can download in several formats or search, sort and filter according to specific interests. Users also have the ability to create customized tables and publish either their own tables or EPA’s to their own page or blog.
The EPA is also using Google Earth to get safety and health information out to the public. After a free download, you can explore Google Earth’s virtual globe to track the BP spill, chart EPA’s air, water and sediment monitoring locations, or see where boom is helping to contain the oil. Google Earth also provides links to EPA’s data, aerial photography and other information collected by NASA, NOAA, the European Space Agency and the EPA’s ASPECT air sampling plane.
Administrator Jackson has her web team exploring even more ways to share important and timely information about the Deepwater BP oil spill. Stay updated on her Facebook or Twitter site, or visit the EPA’s emergency response site.