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Protecting Oceans, Coasts, & Fisheries. NOAA’s Role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Honorable Jane Lubchenco , Ph.D. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA. AGU 13 December 2010. 5.

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noaa s role in the deepwater horizon oil spill

Protecting Oceans, Coasts, & Fisheries

NOAA’s Role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA

AGU 13 December 2010

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5

Conduct & share science

Keep seafood safe

Protect wildlife & habitats

Assess damage

Restore the natural resources that were injured

AGU 13 December 2010 2

doing science
Doing Science…

normal conditions

crisis conditions

vs.

AGU 2010

lessons from exxon valdez
Lessons from Exxon Valdez

Larva

Adult

TANKER

SPILL

BIOLOGICALIMPACTS

CLEAN-UP

TECHNIQUES

AGU 13 December 2010 4

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SATELLITE data

Forecasting

Trajectory Forecast — MC252

AIRCRAFT data

Spot Weather Forecast

May 13

SHIP data

GLIDER & FLOAT data

July 28

AGU 13 December 2010 5

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Seafood Safety

AGU 13 December 2010 6

finfish samples
Finfish Samples

Fluoranthene

Fluorene

Pyrene

Anthracene/Phenanthrene

Chrysene

12 PAHs

Naphthalene

Benzo(k)fluoranthene

Benz(a)anthracene

Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene

Levels of Concern

Mean Baseline Samples (2010)

Benzo(b)fluoranthene

Dibenz(a,h)anthracene

Mean Re-Opening Samples

Benzo(a)pyrene

Max Re-opening samples

0.01

0.1

1

10

100

1000

10000

100000

parts per billion (ppb)

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protect wildlife habitats
Protect Wildlife & Habitats
  • 610dead
  • 456live, oiled, captured
    • 442 rehabilitated & released
    • 79 still in rehabilitation

Sea Turtles

AGU 13 December 2010 8

assessing damage
Assessing Damage

Phases of Natural Resource Damage Assessment

NRDA is a legal process

AGU 13 December 2010 9

subsea subsurface detection modeling
Subsea & Subsurface Detection & Modeling

Underwater plumesimulations

www.gfdl.noaa.gov

Ronald H. Brown Cruise

JAG Report

http://ecowatch.ncddc.noaa.gov/JAG/reports.html

oceanexplorer.noaa.gov

AGU 2010

academic partnering
Academic Partnering

Thomas Jefferson

Pisces

Gordon Gunter

Pelican (non-NOAA)

UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

WHOI

University of California at Santa Barbara

Texas A&M

UNH Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute (MBARI)

USF

CIMAR/University of Miami

  • NRDA Cruise
    • Penn State
    • WHOI
    • Temple University
    • University of Louisiana (Lafayette)

NOAA WP3D

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Research

University of South Florida

Weatherbird(non-NOAA)

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communicating to scientists

Communicating the Science

Communicating to Scientists
  • JAG Reports
  • 6/23 Subsea monitoring
  • 6/23 Location & movement of subsurface oil
  • 9/7 Dissolved oxygen
  • Forthcoming: Sub-sea/Sub-surface Detection & Monitoring
  • Other Reports
  • Flow Rate Technical Group
  • Oil Budget Calculator

AGU 2010

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centralized data access
Centralized Data Access
  • www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse
  • www.nodc.noaa.gov/General/DeepwaterHorizon/support.html
  • ecowatch.ncddc.noaa.gov/JAG/
  • gulfseagrant.tamu.edu/oilspill/database.htm
  • www.noaa.gov/sciencemissions/bpoilspill.html
  • www.data.gov
  • gos2.geodata.gov/wps/portal/gos

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restoring the gulf
Restoring the Gulf

AGU 13 December 2010 14

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eat

swim

fish

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