Profile: NOAA Response & Restoration
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admn
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.
To fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring NOAA trust resources, the Office of Response and Restoration:
• Provides scientific and technical support to prepare for and respond to oil and chemical releases.
• Determines damage to natural resources from these releases.
• Protects and restores marine and coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs.
• Works with communities to address critical local and regional coastal challenges.
The NOAA is part of the US Department of Commerce.
NoteStreams By NOAA Response & Restoration
A team of NOAA Fisheries scientists set out on a month-long research survey onboard the NOAA ship Reuben Laskerto try to locate the rare North Pacific right whale, possibly the most endangered marine mammal to visit U.S. waters.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on theDeepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform started the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA was on the scene from the earliest moments of the crisis, bringing more than 20 years of experience protecting and restoring our coasts from oil spills.
As the lead science agency for coastal oil spills, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration provided mission-critical information to guide the emergency response. Today, NOAA continues its commitment to the Gulf as we work to assess the fish, wildlife, and habitat affected by the spill along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Florida.
This is part of a series of stories looking at various topics related to the response, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment science, restoration efforts, and the future of the Gulf of Mexico.