Marine Mineral Studies

MMS

The BOEM Marine Minerals Program focuses its research funding in four different areas:

  • biological studies (B)
  • physical/modeling studies(P),
  • environmental impact studies (E), and
  • mineral resource evaluation studies (RE).

When studies are applicable to multiple areas or regions, they are considered Programmatic Studies. Other research is conducted at the state or site-specific level.

Research has been funded through a variety of procurement vehicles including cooperative agreements, contracts, or inter-agency agreements.

What are Programmatic Studies?

Programmatic studies examine the effects of dredging on various aspects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments. A programmatic approach recognizes that environmental effects of dredging operations may be similar for all areas. The studies are useful in developing or recommending appropriate mitigation or monitoring techniques.

What are Biological Studies (B)?

Biological studies address potential impacts on marine life as a consequence of dredging. BOEM has funded numerous site-specific, field-oriented studies characterizing biological communities such as the benthos and fish.

What are Physical/Modeling Studies (P)?

Numerical wave modeling studies examine the potential for alteration in the local wave field following dredging. The modeling also explores the potential for increased wave action after dredging and any adverse localized changes in erosional patterns and longshore coastal transport which might result. These efforts have enabled BOEM-funded researchers to further explore the potential for changes in local sediment transport rates, as well as the cumulative physical effects of multiple dredging events.

What are Environmental Impact Investigations (E)?

These studies are typically programmatic-type studies that examine the effects of dredging operations on various biological, physical and cultural resources. Study results are used to develop or recommend appropriate mitigation, laboratory modeling, or monitoring techniques to alleviate or prevent adverse environmental impacts.

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State-level Biological, Physical/Modeling, and Environmental Impact Studies

The following studies at the state level recognize the effects of particular types of dredging operations on various aspects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments. They are used to develop or recommend appropriate mitigation, laboratory modeling, or monitoring techniques to alleviate or prevent adverse environmental impacts.

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