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BOEM AND NOAA team recognized for leadership in managing GIS mapping for ocean uses. team to receive
Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure Award


BOEM AND NOAA team recognized for leadership in managing GIS mapping for ocean uses. team to receive

Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure Award - 2017 was called out in Executive Order 13840 Sec.5 (c) as the type of information management system that should be used to ‘coordinate the timely public release of unclassified data and other information related to the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes that agencies collect’ releases OceanReports - This tool is meant to provide quick, answers to common questions using MarineCadastre’s offshore data that may help in the initial stages of site selection or permitting.  Concerned stakeholders and citizens, planners, press, educators, and policy makers can easily create their own report. Draw a custom area anywhere in U.S. waters or pick from a predefined list of locations to get instant custom reports. Reports include descriptive infographics and supporting data that can be used for offshore planning, permitting, environmental review, public relations, and more. New features allow printing by industry type, sharing, and adding custom coordinates.

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 Marine Cadastre

Audience products were designed for use by Federal regulatory agencies, regional marine planners, state intergovernmental task forces, and the offshore wind energy industry.

Future Direction

The website and products are continually evolving and growing to include relevant issue-driven data. The project is currently focusing on strengthening the biodiversity and human use data, as well as building decision support tools to support marine spatial planning.

Technological Innovation takes advantage of the data distribution advances provided by web mapping services, a technology that allows data to reside on servers maintained by the authoritative data sources, and yet these same data can be accessed on demand through the National Viewer. In addition, through the use of, users are enabled to view data along side state and local level data, which can be crucial to offshore planning. Examples of various data mash-ups (such as in the image below) are available in the Map Gallery.

NC Renewable Energy Task Force MMC Gallery Map

Partner Leveraging

The project team works with various regional ocean partnerships and planning bodies to provide data along with their regional ocean data in their regional portals. Below is a list of regional ocean partnership groups working with

Documented Uses

The project team tries to connect with users to identify and understand their needs to help improve products. The following are documented uses of

  • Map and identify areas for potential leasing
  • Illustrate project planning activities and known information to stakeholders in the Pacific
  • Analyze uses of the outer continental shelf to find user conflicts
  • Compile relevant data in one location for state task force meetings
  • Inform the public about offshore areas offered for potential future sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic during the period of 2012-2017 within the Outer Continental Shelf 5-year program.
  • Determine potential constraints for developers
  • Map ship noise, study and change routes into ports, and monitor compliance with sanctuary navigation restrictions
  • Integrate into regional ocean governance portals, including those in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and West Coast 
  • Create GIS layers for regulatory boundaries for fisheries and endangered species

More uses and full stories of uses can be found within our Example Uses map.