Environmental Data: NOAA Announces New Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Searchable Database Web Tool
A new online tool developed by NOAA to manage and integrate the massive amounts of data collected by different sources during the five years following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, called DIVER for Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting, is now available for use by research teams and the public at https://dwhdiver.orr.noaa.gov.
The DIVER announcement plays a part in the Department of Commerce’s goal of unleashing its vast resources of environmental data and delivering on one of its key priorities – transforming data capabilities and supporting a data-driven economy. NOAA is a constituent agency of the Commerce Department.
DIVER provides unprecedented flexibility for filtering and downloading validated data collected as part of the ongoing Natural Resources Damage Assessment and response. These data collections now include more than 53,000 samples that have resulted in 3.8 million analytical determinations.
Previously, validated data were being posted on www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov as soon as they were available, but in discrete files rather than integrated through a tool like DIVER.
The DIVER data warehouse was built using industry standards for open source big-data approaches to integrating and synthesizing various types of data, such as chemistry results, photos, instrument collections, dolphin and oyster information from multiple data sources.
The custom query tool, “DIVER Explorer,” allow users to refine questions and explore large datasets online. Query results are presented with maps, charts, tables, metadata and export options. A major focus of the DIVER system is providing access to integrated datasets, the foundation for scientific analysis and decision-making.
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