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. Learn more.

Strategic Framework Strategic Framework 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.

Environmental Studies Program Information SystemEnvironmental Studies Program Information SystemESPIS provides information about ongoing and completed BOEM studies. It is hosted on, which was developed in partnership with NOAA.

ESP Studies Planning & Funding Opportunities ESP Studies Planning & Funding OpportunitiesBOEM has a rigorous planning, review and procurement process to meet the nation's environmental research needs for OCS resource assessment.

Report SpecificationsReport SpecificationsInstructions for authors, vendors, Contract and Project Officers, project officers, and editors.

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

Fact SheetsFact Sheets Environmental Studies Program Factsheets.

What's New? What's New? Quick access to the most recent announcements, short stories, and publications from the Environmental Studies Program.

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

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

Outreach & EducationOutreach & EducationTeacher resources, games and posters.

Ongoing Environmental StudiesOngoing Environmental StudiesA complete description of ongoing studies administered by either an OCS Regional Office or by the National Program.

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