Environmental Studies Planning



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Science for Informed Decisions

BOEM must comply with numerous environmental statutes, regulations, and executive orders to carry out its mission. BOEM is dedicated to acquiring and using the highest quality scientific information in support of Bureau decisions. To that end, the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) employs a rigorous planning, review and procurement process to meet the nation’s environmental research needs for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resource assessments.

The ESP in Headquarters and Regional program offices prepare the annual Studies Development Plans (SDP) to cover a three-year planning period. The plan includes brief study descriptions or profiles that describe proposed studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. These studies are designed to collect the information necessary to meet the needs of the users, including BOEM scientists, rule writers, modelers, and decision makers. Proposed studies are evaluated for program relevance, programmatic timeliness, and scientific merit. Additional program oversight is provided by the National Academies Committee on Environmental Science and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management to provide independent, scientifically credible and objective information on issues relevant to BOEM’s environmental studies and assessment activities and to support discussions on relevant issues. Collectively, these inputs contribute to the development of research plans.

BOEM also maintains a complete description of ongoing BOEM studies by region. Each listing describes the research being conducted, the scientific discipline, the institution performing the work, the cost of the effort, timeframe, and any associated publications, presentations, or affiliated web sites.

Current and Previous SDPs

While the SDP serves a primarily internal planning function, it is a publicly available document and is used to communicate the proposed studies both internally within BOEM and externally with potential partners and other interested parties. The SDP and resulting studies undergo peer review at several stages to ensure the quality of the work proposed. When completed, the annual SDP forms the basis for the National Studies List (NSL).

To formulate the NSL, the offices in each Region and Headquarters develop a priority order for the many studies proposed in their SDP's. These lists are evaluated again by Headquarters, principally considering program relevance, timing, and budgetary constraints. Discussions are conducted with each of the program offices and when consensus is achieved, the NSL is recommended for approval. Once the annual appropriations for the Department have been approved, studies on the NSL are procured via competitive procurements, cooperative agreements with a State institution or university, or through inter/intra agency agreements with other Federal agencies.

It is important to note that the NSL is subject to change throughout the course of the year as conditions warrant and due to budgetary constraints.

The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) anticipates pursuing awards in Fiscal Year 2017 for projects encompassing all scientific disciplines and on all coasts of the United States, listed in the following table. The information in this table is for planning purposes only and all awards are subject to change and availability of funds. As individual project announcements become available, the Study Titles will be linked to the appropriate website for application or proposal information: 


FY 2017 New Starts Planned for the Environmental Studies Program

Region

Study Title

Tentative Funding Mechanism

Gulf of Mexico

LSU Coastal Marine Institute (2014-2018)

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

Tracer Experiments for Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Cumulative Impacts of Human Activity on Coastal and Marine Resources of the Gulf of Mexico

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology & Archaeology Project II (GOM-SCHEMA II) (a - Interagency Agreement)

Interagency Agreement

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology & Archaeology Project II (GOM-SCHEMA II) (b - contract)

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology & Archaeology Project II (GOM-SCHEMA II) (c - cooperative agreement)

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

The Fiscal Impacts of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Industry

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Multibeam Survey of Small Topographic Features to Determine Efficacy of Current "No Activity Zones"

Interagency Agreement

Gulf of Mexico

The Production and Distribution of Subsistence in Coastal Gulf of Mexico

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

Renewable Energy Potential Assessment for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf

Interagency Agreement

Gulf of Mexico

Baseline Monitoring of Avian and Bat Activity and Offshore Platform Interactions

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Support for Socioeconomic Impact Assessments of Offshore Energy Development in the Gulf of Mexico Region

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

Archaeology and Coast in Crisis: Traditional Cultural Properties at Risk

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf SERPENT for Deepwater Biological Observing: Synthesis of Historical Datasets and Continued Sampling

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Gulf of Mexico

Workshop: Reevaluating the Submerged Paleoindian Landscape

Competitive Contract

Gulf of Mexico

Support Restore America's Estuaries 2017

Sole Source Contract

Atlantic

Standards for the Collection and Analytical Processing of Subsurface Core Samples

Competitive Cooperative Agreement

Atlantic

Using Nanotags to Measure Shorebird and Bat Responses to Offshore Wind Turbines

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Atlantic

Fish Auditory Thresholds – Part 1

Competitive Cooperative Agreement

Atlantic

Southern New England Lobster Seasonal Movement

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Atlantic

Risk Analysis for Vessel Strikes on Whales from Offshore Wind Development Support Activities

Competitive Contract under a GSA Schedule

Atlantic

Algorithm development to optimize localization accuracy of towed passive acoustic monitoring arrays used during offshore renewable energy activities

Competitive Contract under a GSA Schedule

Atlantic

Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II:  Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon, and Seep Communities

Competitive Contract

Alaska

Coastal Marine Institute (2013-2017)

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Alaska

Updates to the Fault-Tree for Oil Spill Occurrence Estimators

Competitive Contract

Alaska

Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey, Phase II (NOAA): Distribution, Abundance, and Condition of Demersal Fish

Interagency Agreement

Alaska

Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey, Phase II (UAF): Evaluation of Arctic Essential Fish Habitat Species

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Alaska

Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey, Phase II (FWS): Seabird Community Structure and Seabird-Prey Dynamics

Interagency Agreement

Alaska

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) – Aircraft Needs - 2018 & 2019

Interagency Agreement

Alaska

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) – Personnel Needs - 2017, 2018 & 2019

Interagency Agreement

Alaska

Wave and Hydrodynamic Modeling in the Nearshore Beaufort Sea

Competitive Cooperative Agreement

Alaska

Wave Energy Converter Impact Assessment

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

Alaska

Marine Bird Distribution and Abundance in Offshore Waters

Interagency Agreement

Pacific

Community Perspectives, Recreation, and Tourism Baseline for Offshore Wind Development

Competitive Cooperative Agreement

Pacific

Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys Near Potential Renewable Energy Sites Offshore Central and Southern California

Interagency Agreement

Pacific

California Deepwater Investigations and Groundtruthing (Cal DIG) I

Interagency Agreement

Pacific

Atlas of Main Hawaiian Island Seabird Colonies

Interagency Agreement

Pacific

Pacific Marine Assessment Partnership for Protected Species (PacMAPPS)

Interagency Agreement

Pacific

Pacific Regional Investigation Survey and Monitoring (PRISM)

IN-HOUSE

National

Use of Satellite Data for Offshore Air Quality Applications

Interagency Agreement

National

Spatial & Acoustic Ecology of Pelagic Megavertebrates (SPAM)

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

National

Demonstration Project, Integrating DNA Profiles, Genomics and Photo-Identification Data

Cooperative Agreement-Sole Source

National

Regional Essential Fish Habitat Geospatial Assessment and Framework of Offshore Sand Features

Interagency Agreement

National

Ecological Function and Recovery of Biological Communities within Sand Shoal Habitats within the Gulf of Mexico 

Interagency Agreement

National

Assessing Biological and Oceanographic Processes that Drive Fisheries Productivity on New England Sand Shoals and the Potential for Dredging Related Disruption

Interagency Agreement