Monday, June 14, 2010

Track Oil Spill Response Vessels in Real-Time

Want to see what all the response vessels are doing in the Gulf of Mexico?

Go to the government's Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) website. This site leads you to a Web-based interactive GIS platform where you can turn on various layers such as "Response Vessels Snapshot" and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) fisheries closures. There is currently a typo in the Response Vessels Snapshot layer, where it says the snapshot is from June 10. Don't let this throw you off, these snapshots are real-time, with the exception of an approx. 10-minute delay while data is uploaded to the server, processed, and loaded into Erma.

Green triangles represent research vessels, including NOAA ships, and blue represent other response vessels. You can click on the information icon (the "i"), and then click on individual vessels for more information.

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