The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and sank on April 20, 2010 approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The resulting oil spill is slowly making its way northward toward the Louisiana coastline.
This collection of Google Earth overlays contains the following data sets:
- High resolution Satellite Imagery of the oil spill area beginning April 21.
- 24-hour and 72-hour projected trajectory of the oil slick. The trajectory maps also show locations where oil is anticipated to be found on beaches and the predicted density of the oil slick.
- Data from the USEPA ASPECT Project, which includes low altitude vertical, Infrared, and oblique aerial photographs, videos, and other data from the affected areas.
- Index of aerial photographs from NOAA, USGS, NASA, and others. The indices can be viewed in Google Earth. The aerial photographs can be downloaded via links in the pop up balloons.
- Data layers from Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Response. These include current and historic spill maps, Closure areas, Wildlife information, Environmentally sensitive areas, and points of interest.
- Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico – Map from USGS GAP, LandFire showing the locations of Terrestrial Ecosystems in the affected area. (Here is the Legend)
Note that satellite imagery may not show the entire oil slick. Various factors, such as the time of day, presence of clouds, and the angle between the satellite and the water surface can affect the visibility of the oil slick significantly.
Also, Here is a PDF file containing some amazing high resolution photographs taken during the fire.
I will try to add to the collection in the coming days. If you find any other good sources of maps/data, please post a comment and I will try to add it to the collection.