NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration: Historical Oil and Chemical Spill Incidents Database

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

The Historical Incidents database contains reports and images from oil and chemical spills that occurred between 1968 and 2002. The database includes reports on incidents to which NOAA responded, as well as some significant incidents in which NOAA was not involved. The database includes mainly U.S. incidents, but also significant incidents that occurred elsewhere. Generally, it includes incidents that occurred either in navigable waters (including large freshwater bodies such as the U.S. Great Lakes) or in coastal waters, but does not include inland incidents.

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Metadata Date November 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) 2003 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) 2003 (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Access Constraints: None | Use Constraints: Hotline Reports are short reports that were posted to NOAA's "Hotline" email system during an incident response. Hotline is an internal system used by NOAA responders and their colleagues to communicate during an incident. Examples of Hotline reports include daily situation reports, summaries of resources at risk, predicted trajectories (of spilled oil or other hazardous materials), and weather and tide predictions. Many incidents for which Hotline reports were generated are summarized in a final report (with a subject title of "Report - Final"). Typical subject titles for Hotline reports include "Report - Weather", "Report - Situation", and "Report - Trajectory." Especially in the case of a significant incident, there may be many hotline reports in the Historical Incidents database related to a single incident.Important note concerning the NOAA "HOTLINE" Communications System: this system is used for NOAA internal communications and the reports are put in chronologically. There is NO corrective "post editing" of the reports. As a result of this, early reports may have information that later proved to be incorrect. Sometimes these errors are corrected in a later report, but sometimes corrections are made over the phone or in-person, and no correcting message is entered. This reflects the use of this system as a real-time spill communications system and is not intended to be an event-log. | Distribution Liability: Users must assume responsibility to determine the appropriate use of these data.
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Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1968

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