Science for Informed Decisions

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BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Research covers physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, protected species, social sciences and economics, submerged cultural resources and environmental fates and effects.

Mandated by Section 20 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Environmental Studies Program is an indispensable requirement informing BOEM’s decisions on offshore oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, and the marine minerals program for coastal restoration. The ESP has provided over $1 billion for research to this end since its inception in 1973.

What BOEM Needs to Know

To manage the program, BOEM asks three key questions: what does BOEM need to know, what strategic questions should be posed, and what criteria should be used to prioritize these questions? BOEM uses these strategic questions to guide development of the ESP research portfolio over the next five to 10 years at all levels (national, regional, and program-wide) and for both short and long-term needs.

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