Learn about the spill, the science, and our latest expeditions.
Each year members of the ECOGIG scientific team head back to the Gulf of Mexico to continue their research assessing the ecological impacts of the 2010 oil spill. Learn about the most recent research expedition & the research ECOGIG is doing in the Gulf.
On 20 April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig operating approximately 50 miles (80 km) off the coast of Louisiana at an ocean depth of nearly one mile (5,000 feet or 1525 m) experienced a catastrophic failure that ultimately resulted in one of the largest environmental disasters in US history and the world's largest marine oil spill.
The Gulf of Mexico is comprised of many diverse and productive marine and coastal ecosystems that provide important resources and jobs for Gulf coast residents and the entire U.S.