Environmental Studies Planning

Studies Development Plan Cover

Science for Informed Decisions

BOEM must comply with numerous environmental statutes, regulations, and executive orders to carry out its mission. BOEM is dedicated to acquiring and using the highest quality scientific information in support of Bureau decisions. To that end, the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) employs a rigorous planning, review, and procurement process to meet the nation's environmental research needs for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resource assessments.

ESP staff from Headquarters and Regional program offices prepare the annual Studies Development Plan (SDP) to cover a two-year planning period. The plan includes brief study descriptions or profiles that describe proposed studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. Proposed studies are evaluated for program relevance, programmatic timeliness, and scientific merit.

BOEM has formulated its Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Studies Development Plan covering all BOEM energy and minerals activities. It includes studies proposed for Alaska, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific OCS areas.

Additionally, BOEM consults with the Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment as a source of independent, scientifically credible, and objective information on topics of interest for the environmental studies and assessment activities and to support discussions on relevant issues. Collectively, these inputs contribute to the development of research plans.

BOEM maintains a complete description of ongoing BOEM studies by region. Each listing describes the research being conducted, the scientific discipline, the institution performing the work, the cost of the effort, timeframe, and any associated publications, presentations, or affiliated web sites.

Current and Previous SDPs

2023-2024 | 2022-2023 | 2021-20222020-2022 | 2019-2021 | 2018-2020 | 2017-2019 | 2016-2018 | 2015-2017 | 2014-2016 | 2013-2015 | 2012-2014 | 2011-2013

National Studies List

While the SDP serves a primarily internal planning function, it is a publicly available document and is used to communicate the proposed studies both internally within BOEM and externally with potential partners and other interested parties. The SDP and resulting studies undergo peer review at several stages to ensure the quality of the work proposed. When completed, the annual SDP forms the basis for the National Studies List (NSL), which represents the proposed studies for a given fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds.

To formulate the NSL, each region and program develops a priority order for their studies proposed. These lists are evaluated again by Headquarters, principally considering program relevance, timing, and budgetary constraints. Discussions are conducted with each of the regional/program offices, and when consensus is achieved, the NSL is recommended for approval. Once the annual appropriations for the Department have been approved, studies on the NSL are procured via competitive procurements, cooperative agreements with a State institution or university, or through inter/intra agency agreements with other Federal agencies. BOEM highly values studies procured through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) with other governmental, industry, academic, tribal, non-governmental, and foundation partners. This allows all the parties to leverage financial, human, maritime, and other technological assets to meet mission objectives. BOEM's ESP seeks innovative approaches and technologies to help us advance the science program.

It is important to note that the NSL is subject to change throughout the course of the year as conditions warrant and due to budgetary constraints.

National Studies List for 2024

     

NSL #

     
     

Study Title

     
     

Discipline

     
Procurement Type      

BOEM Contact

     
New Requests
AK-24-01 Updating Lower Cook Inlet Seabird Colony Counts Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Burril
AK-24-02 Adaptation of a Cook Inlet Circulation Model and Calculations Physical Oceanography Cooperative Agreement Smith
AK-24-03 Alaska Coastal Marine Institute Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Burril
Continuing Requirements
AK-20-07 Early Detection Plan for Marine Non-Native Species on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Fates & Effects Interagency Agreement Burril
AK-21-03 Resource Areas to Support Oil Spill Risk Analysis (OSRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Needs in the Cook Inlet Region  Marine Mammals and Protected Species Cooperative Agreement Burril
AK-22-01 Lower Cook Inlet Fish and Invertebrate Community Composition, Distribution, and Density Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Burril
USGS Requirements
AK-20-11 The Impact of Marine Fish Communities on Red-throated Loon Productivity in the Beaufort Sea Habitat & Ecology USGS Burril

     

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Study Title

     
     

Discipline

     
Procurement Type      

BOEM Contact

     
New Requests
AT-23-04 Baseline Tourism and Recreation Along the Gulf of Maine Socio-Economics Cooperative Agreement Bigger
AT-23-01 Gulf of Maine Socioeconomic Impacts of OCS Wind Development on Fishing Socio-Economics Contract Howson
AT-23-05 Gulf of Maine Fish and Invertebrate Benthic Habitat Baseline Data Collection Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Jensen
AT-23-06 Offshore Wind Turbine Visibility Study Socio-Economics Interagency Agreement McCarty
AT-24-01 BOEM Offshore Wind Energy Facility Emission Estimating Tool Version 3.0 Air Quality Contract Slayton
AT-24-02 Improving Methods and Identifying Best Practices for Defining and Delineating Low-Relief Hardbottom Essential Fish Habitat in Wind Energy Areas – Case Study in Carolina Long Bay Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Jensen
AT-24-03 Ocean Environmental Monitoring and Sound Propagation Study at Mid-Atlantic Shelfbreak Offshore Wind Area Physical Oceanography Cooperative Agreement Guan
AT-24-04 Collecting Fisher’s Ecological Knowledge (FEK) for Use in Gulf of Maine Offshore Wind Socio-Economics Cooperative Agreement Jensen
Continuing Requirements
AT-20-02 Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) III B and C—Photogrammetric Aerial Surveys to Improve Detection and Classification of Seabirds, Cetaceans, and Sea Turtles (Fish and Wildlife Service) Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreement White
AT-20-05-02 Real-time Opportunity for Development Environmental Observations (RODEO) II - Task 2  Fates & Effects Contract Bigger
AT-22-01b Offshore Wind Impacts on Oceanographic Processes: North Carolina to New York (Delft3D) Physical Oceanography Contract Draher
AT-22-06 Mapping abundance, distribution, and foraging ecology of gray seals in the North Atlantic Marine Mammals and Protected Species Cooperative Agreement Hooker
AT-22-07 Exploring the Connectivity Among Offshore Wind Turbines Fates & Effects Cooperative Agreement Jensen
AT-22-13 Investigating Persistent Super Aggregations of Right Whales and Their Prey Near Nantucket Shoals Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement White
AT-22-x14 Passive Acoustic Monitoring in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Wind Energy Areas in Support of the Partnership for an Offshore Wind Energy Regional Observation Network (POWERON) Fates & Effects Contract Baker

     

NSL #

     
     

Study Title

     
     

Discipline

     
Procurement Type      

BOEM Contact

     
New Requests
GM-24-01 Understanding Impacts of Offshore Carbon Sequestration on the Marine Environment: Informing Operational Management Needs Through Focused Literature Review and Synthesis Fates & Effects Contract Batum
GM-24-02 Northern Gulf of Mexico Monitoring for Protected Species Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreement Karrigan
GM-24-03 Gulf Coast Community and Cultural Impact Baselines Survey Socio-Economics Contract Sorset
Continuing Requirements
GM-21-01 Offshore Analysis of Seafloor Instability and Sediments (OASIS Partnership) With Applications to Offshore Safety and Marine Archaeology Physical Oceanography Interagency Agreement, Cooperative Agreement Jones
GM-22-02 Live Forecasts of Migratory Bird Movements Offshore to Monitor Potential Avian Interactions with Wind Development Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement White
GM-22-03 Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring at Flower Garden Banks (FGB), Gulf of Mexico: 2022-2025 Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Caporaso
GM-22-05 Reevaluating BOEM’s Guidelines for Identifying Submerged Pre-Contact Archaeological Sites in the Gulf of Mexico Socio-Economics Cooperative Agreement Damour
GM-22-06 Benthic Community Characterization at BOEM “No Activities Zones”  Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Caporaso

                        

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BOEM Contact

                       
New Requests
PC-24-01 Port Infrastructure Needs of Commercial and Recreational Fisheries along the US West Coast Socio-Economics Contract Biedron
PC-24-02 Traditional Native Hawaiian Voyaging and Cultural Fishing and Boating Practices on the OCS Socio-Economics TBD Makua
PC-22-01 O`ahu’s Traditional Cultural Landscapes Socio-Economics Interagency Agreement Ball
PC-24-03 Characterization of Water Column Habitats to Understand Potential Impacts from Deepwater Energy and Mineral Development Habitat & Ecology TBD Le
PC-22-07a Maritime Heritage of American Samoa Socio-Economics Interagency Agreement Ball
Continuing Requirements
PC-21-03 Partners in Offshore Wind Environmental Research – California (POWER–California) Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Potter
PC-22-03 Birds, Bats, and Beyond: Networked Wildlife Tracking along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Pereksta
PC-22-07b Maritime Heritage of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Socio-Economics Cooperative Agreement Ball
PC-23-01 BOEM-MARINe (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network) Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement TBD
PC-23-02 Pacific Marine Assessment Partnership for Protected Species (PacMAPPS) II Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreements Reeb
PC-23-03 Facilitating Resilience and Adaptation in Commercial Fisheries in Response to Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Climate Change Socio-Economics Cooperative/Interagency Agreements Schroeder
PC-23-04 Characterization of the Distribution, Movements, and Foraging Habitat of Endangered Leatherback Turtles in Designated Critical Habitat off the U.S. West Coast, Phase I Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreement/Contract Reeb
USGS Requirements
PC-19-06b California Deepwater Investigations and Groundtruthing (Cal DIG) II Fates & Effects USGS Potter

                        

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BOEM Contact

                       
New Requests
MM-23-03 Accounting for Scale Bias in Marine Minerals Studies Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Hansen
MM-23-01 Evaluating Sediment Mobility on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Physical Oceanography Interagency Agreement Rice
MM-24-01 Developing a Critical Minerals Environmental Assessment Framework (CMEAF) for Critical Minerals Activities Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Knorr
MM-24-02 In Situ Sampling at a Historic Equipment Test Site on the Blake Plateau Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Rasser
MM-24-03 Extrapolating Benthic Recovery Estimates Beyond Single-project Constraints Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Hansen
Continuing Requirements
MM-19-01 Ecological Function and Recovery of Biological Communities within Sand Shoal Habitats within the Gulf of Mexico Fates & Effects Contract Rogers
MM-20-01 New York Bight (NYB) Fish, Fisheries, and Sand Features: In the Field Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Hansen
MM-20-02 Sandbridge Highly Migratory Species: Fish Distribution on a Dredged Shoal Fates & Effects Cooperative Agreement Hansen
MM-21-01 Shallow Water Geophysical Mapping by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Feasbility Assessment, Field Testing, and Best Practice Physical Oceanography Contract Cofield
MM-21-02 Sea Turtle Avoidance Technology Solutions (STATS) Marine Mammals and Protected Species Contract Levenson
MM-21-04 Seamount Benthic Mapping and Characterization, in support of Critical Minerals and Deep Corals of the Aleutian Islands Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Knorr
MM-22-02 Sturgeon Response to Dredge Activities and Recovery After Trawl Capture Near Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Sand Resources Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Hansen
MM-22-03 Fish Fry: Frying Pan Shoals Ecosystem Dynamics Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Hansen
USGS Requirements
MM-22-02 Sturgeon Response to Dredge Activities and Recovery After Trawl Capture Near Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Sand Resources Habitat & Ecology USGS Hansen

                        

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BOEM Contact

                       
New Requests
NT-24-01 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil Spill Occurrence Rates Fates & Effects Contract Ji
NT-24-02 Assessing the Effectiveness of Offshore Wind Lease Stipulations on Engagement with Underserved Communities Socio-Economics Contract Mansfield
NT-24-03 Socio-Cultural and Economic Impacts of Changing Energy Trends Socio-Economics Contract Mansfield
NT-24-04 Future Directions of Physical Oceanography Research on Offshore Renewable Energy Development at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Physical Oceanography Contract Li
NT-24-05 Synthesis of Climate Change Sensitivity and Information Gaps in Priority Management Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Habitat & Ecology Contract Sharuga
NT-24-06 Using Coast Guard’s AIS Vessel and Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Helicopter Data to Track BOEM-Authorized Activities Air Quality Contract Wecht
NT-24-07 Using Very High-Resolution Satellite Imagery to Detect Cetaceans Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreement White
Continuing Requirements
NT-19-07 Archaeological Investigations in Support of Development of Energy and Mineral Resources on the US Outer Continental Shelf Socio-Economics Contract Horrell
NT-20-03 Next Generation of Animal Telemetry Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Levenson
NT-20-06 Continued Partnership with National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology (NMNH-IZ) for a Voucher-Based, Genomic Reference Facility for Ocean Biodiversity Information Management Interagency Agreement Blythe
NT-21-01 Facilitating Strategic Partnerships in Support of the Presidential Memo on Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization  Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement Mueller
NT-21-04 Spatial and Acoustic Ecology of Understudied ESA Listed Marine Mammals Marine Mammals and Protected Species Interagency Agreement Levenson
NT-21-06 Mortality Risk for Whale and Basking Sharks During Energy and Mineral Operations Habitat & Ecology Contract Levenson
NT-21-x15 Standardizing Integrated Ecosystem-Based Assessment Nationally Information Management Contract Horrell
NT-22-01 Capacity Building and Collaboration with the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Socio-Economics Cooperative Agreement Horrell
NT-22-02 Offshore Air Quality (AQ) from NASA’s Satellites and Related Experiments Air Quality Interagency Agreement Wecht
NT-22-03 Understanding Impacts of Habitat Modifications on Commercial Fisheries and Apex Predator Distribution Habitat & Ecology Contract Levenson
NT-22-04 Automated Detection and Classification of Wildlife Targets in Digital Aerial Imagery – Phase II Habitat & Ecology Interagency Agreement White
NT-23-02 NASA Aircraft Measurements in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM)  Air Quality Interagency Agreement Wecht
NT-23-07 Investigating Shoreline Fumigation Algorithms in Offshore and Coastal Dispersion Model for AERMOD – Part 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inter-agency Agreement to Improve AERMOD for Overwater Applications Air Quality Interagency Agreement Merritt
NT-23-09 Offshore Wind Farm Impacts on Pacific Upwelling, Nutrients, and Productivity Habitat & Ecology Cooperative Agreement Kilpatrick
NT-23-10 Feel the Vibrations: Behavioral Response by Fish and Invertebrates to Particle Motion/Substrate Vibration from Pile-Driving Habitat & Ecology Contract Kates Varghese
NT-23-11 Substrate-Borne Vibroacoustic Disturbances from Offshore Wind Construction: Measurements, Physical Characteristics, and Propagation Fates & Effects Cooperative Agreement Guan
USGS Requirements
NT-22-04 Automated Detection and Classification of Wildlife Targets in Digital Aerial Imagery – Phase II Information Management USGS White