Computational Statistics

, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, pp 121–132 | Cite as

A graphical exploration of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Original Paper

Abstract

This paper investigates some of the immediate impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 on the environment using graphical means. The exploration focuses on the effects of the oil discharge on wildlife, the chemical pollution in the area following the spill, and salinity levels in the aftermath of the spill. Thousands of animals including birds, turtles, dolphins, and whales were found dead along the beaches and in the Gulf of Mexico in the months after the oil discharge. Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were found to be at dangerous levels along the coast line, making conditions for wildlife highly unfavorable. Salinity measurements, which can be used to determine currents and oil movement, are examined over time as well as geographically.

Keywords

ASA data exposition 2011 Oil spill Exploratory data analysis 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lendie Follett
    • 1
  • Ulrike Genschel
    • 2
  • Heike Hofmann
    • 3
  1. 1.2406 Snedecor Hall, Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.3119 Snedecor Hall, Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  3. 3.2413 Snedecor Hall, Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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