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Gulf Science Data

Since April 2010, researchers at sea, on land, and in the air have collected an unprecedented dataset on environmental conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, and BP is working to make this vast quantity of environmental data publicly available and easily accessible.

The data were collected to help guide cleanup operations under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard and to support the Natural Resource Damage Assessment efforts by federal and state agencies and BP to evaluate potential injury to natural resources in the Gulf. The data and supplemental information are being made available to the public in a format that will facilitate the use of the data for research and other studies.

BP’s aim is to enhance both public knowledge and Gulf-related scientific research by providing access to environmental data that reflect conditions in the Gulf following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident. The data are presented without interpretation.

More dataset releases are planned in 2015. Data to be released later include samples that are in various stages of analysis, validation, and quality control review by government agencies. Once these reviews are completed and the data are released to BP, the company plans to make the data available.

State and federal agencies and BP collected the data through studies in four general categories:

  • NRDA Cooperative—Studies conducted as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) investigations agreed to and executed cooperatively by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and/or other Trustees, and BP.

  • BP NRDA Independent—Studies conducted by BP independently to develop data to support and inform the NRDA.

  • Trustee Independent—Studies conducted by NOAA representatives or academic researchers on NOAA vessels independent of the cooperative NRDA process or supplemental data collection being conducted for non-NRDA purposes.

  • Response—Studies conducted by BP and/or government representatives under the direction of the Unified Area Command and in association with activities performed in response to the DWH accident (the Response).