Recently Completed Environmental Studies - Pacific

This table lists final reports for Pacific studies completed from 2008 to present. To access a study report directly, click on the link.

2017-002 Southern Sea Otter Range Expansion and Habitat Use in the Santa Barbara Channel, California (USGS Open-File Report 2017-1001)
2016-074 Potential Offshore Wind Energy Areas in California: An Assessment of Locations, Technology, and Costs (Cost Estimates Spreadsheet)
2016-043 Collision and Displacement Vulnerability among Marine Birds of the California Current System Associated with Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure (USGS Open-File Report 2016-1154)
2016-041 Assessment of Potential Impact of Electromagnetic Fields from Undersea Cable on Migratory Fish Behavior, Period Covering January 2014 - June 2016
2016-035 Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands
2016-032 Floating Offshore Wind in Hawaii: Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts from Two Future Scenarios
2016-031 Floating Offshore Wind in Oregon: Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts in Oregon Coastal Counties from Two Future Scenarios
2016-030 Floating Offshore Wind in Oregon: Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts from Two Future Scenarios
2016-029 Floating Offshore Wind in California: Gross Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts from Two Future Scenarios
2016-009 Characterizing and Quantifying California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) Use of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in California
2016-008 Renewable Energy in situ Power Cable Observation
2016-011 Determining the Infrastructure Needs to Support Offshore Floating Wind and Marine Hydrokinetic Facilities on the Pacific West Coast and Hawaii
2015-047 A Guidance Document for Characterizing Tribal Cultural Landscapes
2015-042 Current Ability to Assess Impacts of Electromagnetic Fields Associated with Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies on Marine Fishes in Hawaii
2015-021 Evaluating the Potential for Marine and Hydrokinetic Devices to Act as Artificial Reefs or Fish Aggregating Devices, Based on Analysis of Surrogates in Tropical, Subtropical, and Temperate U.S. West Coast and Hawaiian Coastal Waters
2015-019 Analysis of Fish Populations at Platforms off Summerland, California
2015-018 Economic Impact of Large-Scale Deployment of Offshore Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology in Oregon Coastal Counties
2015-014 The Pacific Regional Ocean Uses Atlas, Data and Tools for Understanding Ocean Space Use in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii
2015-011 Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis Update - 2015
2014-664 Economic Impact from Large-Scale Deployment of Offshore Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology in Oregon
2014-662 Benthic Habitat Characterization of the Pacific Northwest, Volume 1: Evaluation of Continental Shelf Geology (Technical Summary)
2014-662 Benthic Habitat Characterization of the Pacific Northwest, Volume 2: Evaluation of Continental Shelf Benthic Communities
2014-658 Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Feasibility Mapping for the Outer Continental Shelf off the State of Oregon
Biological Productivity of Fish Associated with Offshore Oil and Gas Structures on the Pacific OCS
2014-013 Nocturnal Surveys for Ashy Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma homochroa) and Scripps’s Murrelets (Synthliboramphus scrippsi) at Offshore Oil Production Platforms, Southern California
2014-xxx 2014 California Current Cetacean & Ecosystem Assessment Survey (CalCurCEAS): Final Report to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regarding surveys of Windfloat and Wave Energy Areas
2014-003 Pacific Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment (PaCSEA): Aerial Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys off Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, 2011-2012
2013-0115 Inventory and Analysis of Coastal and Submerged Archaeological Site Occurrence on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf
2013-208 Determining the Potential Release of Contaminants into the Marine Environment from Pacific OCS Shell Mounds
2013-201  Bayesian Analysis for Spatial Siting (BASS) Project Report
2013-0113   Oregon Marine Renewable Energy Environmental Science Conference Proceedings
2013-xxx Comparison of Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Polybrominated Diphenylethers, and Organochlorine Pesticides in Pacific sanddab (Citharichthys sordidus) from Offshore Oil Platforms and Natural Reefs along the California Coast
2012-xxx Comparison of Concentrations and Profiles of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Metabolites in Bile of Fishes from Offshore Oil Platforms and Natural Reefs Along the California Coast
2012-029 Bathymetry and Acoustic Backscatter - Outer Mainland Shelf, Eastern Santa Barbara Channel, California
2012-020 Completion of Fish Assemblage Surveys Around Manmade Structures and Natural Reefs Off California
2012-014 Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
2012-013 West Coast Environmental Protocols Framework: Baseline and Monitoring Studies
2011-047 Determining the Potential Effects of Artificial Lighting From Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (POCS) Region Oil and Gas Facilities on Migrating Birds
2011-016   Biomarker Chemistry and Flux Quantification Methods for Natural Petroleum Seeps and Produced Oils, Offshore Southern California (Technical Summary)
2011-010 Bathymetry, Acoustic Backscatter, and Benthic Habitats of the Eastern Santa Barbara Channel and Offshore the Long Beach Area, California
2011-09 Effects of EMFs from Undersea Power Cables on Elasmobranchs and Other Marine Species
2011-08 Spatial and Seasonal Variation in the Biomass and Size Distribution of Juvenile Fishes Associated with a Petroleum Platform off the California Coast, 2008-2010
2010-031 Inner-Shelf Surface Currents and Characteristic Flow Patterns in the Santa Barbara Channel
2010-24 Shorebird Abundance and Distribution on Beaches of Ventura County, California 2007-2010
2010-023 Pacific Coast Fisheries GIS Resource Database
2010-014 Updated Summary of Knowledge: Selected Areas of the Pacific Coast
2010-012 Fish Assemblages Associated with Platforms and Natural Reefs in Areas Where Data are Non-Existent or Limited
2010-05 Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) Study of Rocky Intertidal Communities Adjacent to OCS Activities - Final Report (2007-2010)
2009-033 Translocation, Homing Behavior and Habitat Utilization of Groundfishes Around Offshore Oil Platforms in the East Santa Barbara Channel
2009-030 Natural Offshore Oil Seepage and Related Tarball Accumulation on the California Coastline
2009-021 Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Gas Dispersion Potentials & Release Scenarios for Pacific OCS Region Oil & Gas Platforms & Pipelines Located in the Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Maria Basin, California
2009-019 Reproductive Ecology and Body Burden of Resident Fish Prior to Decommissioning
2008-039 Spatial Database for the At-Sea Distribution and Abundance of Seabirds and Marine Mammals off Southern California: 1999-2002


Reports from previous Pacific studies can be accessed from the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS), an online searchable database. ESPIS contains reports from regional studies (managed by BOEM staff in the Alaska, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Regions) and reports from programmatic studies (managed by BOEM headquarters). To go to ESPIS, click on the below link or paste the following URL into your browser’s address field:

For assistance accessing Pacific study reports from ESPIS, contact Cathie Dunkel.