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Iowa State's Geographic Information Systems Facility Helps Track Oil Spill

This news item expired June 15, 2010. It may contain out-of-date information.
Iowa State‘s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) facility, along with several other national GIS centers, is helping provide resources to track the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. GIS specialists from across the country are being recruited for the effort. BP is asking the professional and academic GIS community for immediate help in locating people, hardware, software, and data to provide emergency assistance in the fight against the expanding oil spill.

GIS technology will be used to collect various types of information including wind currents, precipitation, and air and water temperature to help track the movement of the oil slick. Analysis of this information along with data on ship locations, oil barrier (boom) deployments, and sensitive wildlife habitats will be used to help mitigate the effect of the spill on the coastal communities.

See the article on for more information about Iowa State‘s involvement in these efforts.