The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent spewing of millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico is creating an environmental disaster of epic proportions. There are many mapping resources out there helping to map out the extent of the spill and to predict its trajectory and impact in the area.
Comparing the Gulf oil spill to other historic spills
The Google Earth Blog has a KML file created by GEB reader ‘David’ that provides a lot of detail about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and provides comparisons to 70 other historic oil spills.
How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
Paul Rademacher, Google Maps Engineering Manager, created a page that uses the Google Earth plugin for browsers to allow visitors to compare the extent of the spill to any location they choose. Type in any city and the map will pan to the area and overlay a polygon of the current oil spill extent.
ESA Oil Spill Monitoring
The European Space Agency has been monitoring and releasing satellite imagery of the oil spill with Envisat, the largest Earth Observation spacecraft ever built.
ESRI’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Map
ESRI is consolidating links, imagery, and videos on their Oil Spill Map. Users are invited to add current information to the map relating to the oil spill. ESRI outline their efforts to help with the disaster in this press release.
ROFFS Deepwater Horizon Rig oil spill monitoring
An ocean fishing forecasting service, ROFFS has a series of maps showing the extent of the spill and ocean currents on their site.
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