Gulf Ship Tour

Gulf Ship Tour, what we learned:

We embarked on a three-month expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Join us as we present highlights from the tour, take your questions and let you know what we're doing next.

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Follow our ship tour, interactive map:

We traveled throughout the Gulf, bringing independent research scientists on board to examine various aspects of oil spill impacts. Whether by ship, helicopter or even by submarine, see where we went and what we saw by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and tweets by selecting the checkmark next to the layer name. Then click on the icon to view content or on the ship route's path to learn more about that leg of the tour.

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The United States of Oil Spills (25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez)

Video | March 21, 2014 at 9:06

How many oil spills will it take, America?

Point Hope, Alaska and Shell's offshore drilling plans

Video | July 31, 2012 at 14:18

The mayor and other residents of Point Hope, Alaska share their concerns about Shell's offshore drilling plans in the Arctic. Residents of this town, also known as "Tikigaq," have survived for generations off the bounty of the Chukchi Sea, which...

The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later

Video | April 18, 2011 at 10:45

The Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico was the worst environmental disaster in the history of our continent.

Oil Spill Truth: The Water Column and the Sea Floor

Video | December 19, 2010 at 8:51

A research team from Texas A&M boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise in October of 2010 to conduct studies in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Rainer Amon, Cliff Nunnally, Sally Walker and Charles Folden sampled the water column and the sea floor of...

Oil Spill Truth: Tracking Whales Using Underwater Recordings

Video | October 30, 2010 at 23:32

In early September, two scientists and an engineer came aboard the Arctic Sunrise to find out if the population of sperm and beaked whales had been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Six arrays of underwater recording devices called...

Oil Spill Truth Snapshot: Deep Sea Coral, Video from the Sub

Video | October 21, 2010 at 19:28

A rare deep sea glimpse of the corals and other organisms living at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, close to the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Steve Ross, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Sandra Brooke, Oregon Institute...

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