Topic Map Home

Welcome to the Oil Spill Topic Maps website!

We are here to help you discover information on Oil Spills - there are many different ways to do this so please take your time.

We recommend you check out the Quick Start Tips, and Topic Map right away, to get an idea of what this Topic Map is like.

Note: The topic map requires Java - which is If your computer has installed Java already, the topic map will be initiated automatically; otherwise, your computer should give you instructions on intalling or updating it. If your computer fails to initiate the topic map, please try to Enable Java applets (if they are disabled in your browser options) or download and install Java. Since the topic map is large, a fast computer with a large memory is recommended, otherwise you may notice some delay when navigating the topic map.

Visit our Tutorials to learn in detail how to use the Topic Map and other utilities.

Or, go directly to the graphic or text interfaces:

About Topic Maps

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Incident has impacted many aspects of the coastal environment and the people living in the coastal states. The general public, government officials, and journalists would like to get a general, big picture of the impact, and Gulf-based researchers would like to investigate the fate and effects of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and affected coastal states. The topic map we have developed serves to facilitate not only the understanding of the impacts of the incident but also knowledge discovery through interdisciplinary knowledge fusion. Although the topic map focuses on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Incident, it also covers oil spill incidents and concerns elsewhere.

A topic map has three constructs: (1) topics (or concepts), (2) associations (or relationships, links) between the topics, (3) information resources relevant to a given topic. You will be able to see all three of these on the topic map. By scanning the topics and their relationships, you can get a big picture of the topics and focus on the information resources that relate most significantly to your interest, and hopefully discover new knowledge by integrating the knowledge from multiple disciplines.

Please visit our User Guides to get an idea of how to navigate through the topic map, and its text interface.

Project team:

Dr. Yejun Wu, Project Director.
David Dunaway
Amanda Lehman
Dr. Yingfan Gao


Dr. Gary King (Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences)
Dr. Peter H Yaukey (University of New Orleans, Department of Geography)
Dr. Judith Sylvester (Louisiana State University, Manship School of Mass Communication)
Dr. Christopher Weber (Louisiana State University, Department of Political Science)
Dr. Ron DeLaune (Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography & Coastal

Website designers:

Alexandra Zimmerman
Amanda Lehman
Acknowledgement: The project is funded by Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative through Louisiana State University.

Copyright: Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science