Online mapping tool to track Gulf response introduced

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The dynamic nature of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill has been a challenge for a range of communities from hotel operators to fishermen to local community leaders.

NOAA launched a new federal Web site meant to answer questions with clarity and transparency - a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The Web site incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill.

Originally designed for responders, who make operational decisions, to the oil spill disaster, http://www.GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse integrates the latest data on the oil spill's trajectory, closed fishery areas, wildlife- and place-based Gulf Coast resources - such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and daily position of research ships - into one customizable interactive map.

The launch of the public site is designed to facilitate communication and coordination among a variety of users, from federal, state and local responders to local community leaders and the public. The site is designed to be fast, easy to use and constantly updated.