The U.S. government last week launched an interactive resource that allows the public to follow developments in the BP oil spill and ongoing response efforts in “near-real-time.” Originally designed as a way to keep participants in the vast clean-up effort informed, the GeoPlatform uses the latest information from various federal, state, and local organizations to track the spill’s path, identify closed fishing areas and threatened coastal zones, and to map the latest response efforts. Numerous agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency, post data on a common server. The site was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center. “This Web site provides users with an expansive, yet detailed geographic picture of what’s going on with the spill,” Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator, said in a statement. Several weeks ago, the government launched another site, deepwaterhorizonresponse.com, to provide updates on spill response and the latest news.
Article appearing courtesy Yale Environment 360.