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Map the Spill
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Record the ongoing impacts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with your iPhone. Map the Spill empowers volunteers and Gulf residents to capture field notes, photos, and sound clips and share them with the public at This mobile app lets you report meaningful, scientific information like never before. Map oiled beaches. Photograph fish kill. Grab video of an oiled pelican. Share your findings with the world.


GPS-enabled: Map the Spill uses your phone’s built-in GPS. It’s designed to work even in areas without cellphone coverage.
Maps: View your location on street, satellite, terrain, topo, or aerial maps.
Photos: Capture photos and see their exact location on a map.
Video: Shoot video to enhance your field reports. Video is auto-saved to YouTube for fast online playback. iPhone 3GS and 4 only.
Waypoints: Mark important points of interest you find in the field.
Audio: Save time and record your observations with an audio waypoint.
In-App Messaging: Receive important messages from or response teams.
News: Read the latest news on the Gulf oil spill in this live feed from Yahoo.
New Reports: See the latest reports posted by fellow mappers.
Helpful Info: Find safety tips, important contacts, and more.
Distance: Track how many miles you traveled during your field report.
Time: Record the time you spend in the field.
Post Reports: Every field report is shared with the public at The data can be freely accessed and exported by any person or organization.
Social Networks: Share your field reports on Facebook and Twitter. Store and access your reports on our corresponding website. Add extra field notes to your oil reports.

Note: Map the Spill will not work on 1st generation iPhone models. They lack a GPS chip required to run the application. It also does not work on the iPod touch. It does work on the iPad 3G but the graphics aren’t optimized for the big screen.

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.


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