The BP oil spill has spurred many advancements in new technology over the past few months. The latest comes in the form of near-real-time site mapping for those affected by the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched GeoPlatform.gov to help people keep track of the current state of the spill.
Not only does it map the response of ships and researchers to the oil spill, it also shows current trajectories of the oil and which fishery areas are closed. One look at the map will tell nearby residents and those interested in the latest updates exactly what is happening.
NOAA has developed the website with help from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior in hopes that any information available can be quickly relayed to anyone who needs it. It even comes with a video tutorial to help people understand how to use the site and what the information means in the interactive map.
While there is no shortage of information available on the Internet regarding the oil spill, GeoPlatform.gov is using every available resource to compile near-real-time information in an effort to help people stay on top of the efforts and see how it affects their daily lives and the environment in general. It includes public safety infrastructure, response planning, current weather conditions and upcoming weather forecasts.
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