Environmental Studies Program

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.
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Strategic Framework   To manage the program, the ESP’s Strategic Framework 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’s long-term vision is for the ESP to be the best in class – the best research program there is in the context of BOEM’s mission and constraints.
ESPIS screen shot   Environmental Studies Program Information System

ESPIS provides information about ongoing and completed BOEM studies. It is hosted on, which was developed in partnership with NOAA.
Science   Science Quality & Integrity

BOEM is committed to using the best available through extensive peer review during every aspect of the process.

Environmental Studies Planning   ESP Studies Planning & Funding Opportunities

BOEM has a rigorous planning, review and procurement process to meet the nation's environmental research needs for OCS resource assessment.

Partnerships   Partnerships

BOEM combines and leverages resources to satisfy common scientific needs in its approach to gathering robust scientific information.
Report Specifications   Report Specifications

Instructions for authors, vendors, Contract and Project Officers, project officers, and editors.
Outreach & Education   Outreach & Education

Teacher resources, games and posters.

The National Academies Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment provides independent, scientifically credible, and objective information related to BOEM's mission.
Ongoing Environmental Studies   Ongoing Environmental Studies

A complete description of ongoing studies administered by either an OCS Regional Office or by the National Program.
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