SUSTAIN Oil Spill | The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami

Rosenstiel School

  • Timeline

  • Satellite Images

    Satellite images of Gulf Oil Spill
  • Modeling & Prediction

    Modeling and Prediction
  • Ocean Observations

    Ocean Obs
  • Impact

    BP Oil Rig fire
  • Experts

    UM Experts
  • R/V Walton Smith

    R/V Walton Smith
  • Academic Task Force

    Oil Spill Academic Task Force


On April 20, 2010, following a tragic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, huge amounts of oil at a depth of 1500 m (5000 ft) began spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. From the earliest days of the incident, researchers and experts from disciplines across the University of Miami (UM) have been involved in monitoring the spill and helping to prepare for the long-term consequences of this ecological disaster. This educational site brings together some of the primary research taking place at UM, as well as links to valuable information resources regarding the spill.

Spotlight on the Gulf

The Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science coordinated with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to systematically gather satellite images of the oil spill for the U.S. government. The massive data collection effort used CSTARS’ extensive network of license agreements with over 15 satellite sensors from around the world, marking the historic first-ever use of extensive, sustained (unclassified) remote sensing data to cover an environmental catastrophe. Click here for more details.


The products presented on this and related UM Oil Spill Response web pages are only for research purposes and should only be used for research guidance, not operational decisions.

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