GIS data, WMS and Online Map Resources – maps, data, apps related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The kind folks at the State of Arkansas GIS and the USDA have shared with us a vast collection of links to GIS data products, WMS servers, raster and vector data collections and State emergency response resources that are useful for emergency responders working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and efforts along the US Gulf Coast.

From the US Coast Guard (Twitter @USCG) Information on volunteering to assist the Deepwater Horizon clean-up (MS Word DOC) this via Twitter

 We realize that many people want to help with the response effort.  We already have requests from thousands of people willing to volunteer to clean up the beaches now and if and when the oil comes to shore.  To help organize volunteers we established a phone line for them to call:  866-448-5816. 
 The U.S. Coast Guard leads the volunteer effort if shoreline cleanup is needed.  Shoreline cleanup volunteers must have training including hazardous materials training required by OSHA and EPA.  Only volunteers who have been trained and provide appropriate certification are allowed to assist. 
 To address potential wildlife impacts, BP has contracted with Tri-State Bird and Rescue.  Tri-State works with trained and certified volunteers to help recover and clean impacted wildlife.  A toll-free number 800-557-1401 has been established to report oiled or injured wildlife.  People are urged not to attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to report any sightings via the toll-free number. 
 A claims number also has been established:  1-800-440-0858

A fine resource made available from ESRI that enables users to see the latest maps, web services, and applications devoted to monitoring and tracking the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The content is being published by ESRI and other organizations to support response and mitigation activities. It seemed for days (although it felt like weeks)  its been tough (or near impossible)  to locate anything at all related to the situation, except for a few satellite images showing the oil spill location – trust ESRI to grab the reigns and take it upon themselves to put together a useful resource of information. KUDOS!

Users and emergency responders working in the area are invited to contact the team in order to join the group and share their related apps, services, data and resources. See the ArcGIS Online (BETA) ESRI Gulf Oil Spill Response

To date several interesting web services have been published including:

  • Gulf coast oil spill plume showing approx trajectory
  • Environmental Sensitivity map
  • Electronic navigational charts

Sensitive areas in Florida on Gulf Coast ESA map

Sensitive areas in Florida on Gulf Coast ESA map


Other useful Oil Spill response resources:

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Trajectory Map

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Trajectory Map (Source: NOAA)


British Petroleum Oil Spill – Geospatial Information and Remotely Sensed Imagery Products

Satellite and Aerial Imagery

Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS)

I, PUBLIC: Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS)
Contents of Imagery Directory

II, RESTRICTED: Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS)

For Password contact Brenda Jones  via e-mail:
    Contents of /data/   

Satellite and Aerial Imagery from Sources Other than HDDS
DLR: Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information

ESA: Envisat MERIS Image Rapid Visualisation

LSU: Earth Scan Laboratory

From this site click on cell that spans from LA to FL:
Terra and Aqua imagery is loaded daily.  You can select "Previous Day" to walk the time series.

05/01/10 Terra: Oil Spill @ 250 Meter Pixel

04/29/10 Terra: Oil spill @ 250 Meter Pixel

Pre-Spill Imagery:

NOAA Map of Pre-Spill Imagery: [pdf]

NAIP is available for download by county in Mr. Sid format from:  Note: Use “Get Data” not “Login”

NAIP ArcGIS Map Service by State:

Dates of available of 1-meter NAIP:
2009 LA, MS, AL
2007 FL

Imagery for Florida:
    2008-2009 Imagery .5 to 2 foot

LIDAR: HDDS Restricted

GIS Data and WMS:

ArcGIS Online:  WMS, and Layer Files

NOAA Shoreline Shapefiles on HDDS Public

NAIP ArcGIS Map Service by State:

Animated Oil Spill Photos

U.S. Government Sites:
Unified Command Response: Deepwater Horizon Incident
    Maps, Reports, Photography

    EPA ASPECT Sensor:


Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

Maps, Trajectory Maps

Office of Response and Restoration
Reports and Imagery

Maps and Data

Fisheries Service

Office of Coast Survey
NOAA Raster Navigational Charts

State Sites:
        Maps and Reports

    Response and Situation Reports



U.S. Government Information Sharing Sites
(Restricted Access):
Intelink-U HORIZON

HSIN Emergency Management
    WARP-UNIL (For U.S. Government) NGA:  
Users can download Commercial Satellite Imagery that has been acquired by NGA. Users must request an account from the registration link.

    601st  ISR     


Do you have a GIS or emergency response resource to share? Send details to info or via twitter @GISuser

See Also:

Emergency Response Tip – ESRI Oil Spill Response ArcGIS Online Resource

Other Resources:

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Spot 5 Mobilized



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