Ocean Science

BOEM develops, conducts and oversees world-class scientific research to inform its policy decisions. By using science, regulatory frameworks and input from others, the bureau considers the potential for BOEM activities to impact the ocean’s physical characteristics, biological resources and marine or coastal uses that are important to the environment and society.

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BOEM Helps to Restore Popular Florida Beaches

This project aims to protect and enhance a portion of Florida’s cherished but critically eroded beaches. Coastal resilience efforts, like these, strengthen the ability of individuals, communities, and infrastructure to "bounce back" after hazardous weather events.

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Leatherback Hatchlings

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Distribution: Widely distributed in the Atlantic, Pacific, to the Antarctic waters. They are known for their extensive migratory patterns, traveling long distances between feeding and nesting sites

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Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtles

Distribution: Found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide, including the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Ecosystem: Coastal areas such as coral reefs

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle (photo credit National Geographic)

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Distribution: Found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They inhabit tropical and temperate waters, avoiding the coldest regions. Ecosystem: Primarily

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Hawksbill Turtle

Celebrating Sea Turtle Week 

Overview Sea Turtle Week, from June 8th-16th, aims to raise awareness about sea turtles, their habitats, and their struggle for survival. This year, the week begins with World Ocean Day (June 8) and

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Atlantic Sturgeon: An Ancient Relic from Prehistoric Times

Distribution: From the east coast of North America through; the eastern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem: Mostly salt water, but spawns in freshwaters Feeding Habits: Benthic feeder Taxonomy: Family

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Sea otter

See Otters

One of Alaska’s largest funders of marine science, BOEM’s Alaska OCS Region is testing a new approach to studying sea otter populations. The approach uses an AI-powered technique that promises to be

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Portrait of Givey Kochanowski wearing office casual clothes in front of evergreen trees.

Kochanowski to speak at renewable-energy conference May 23

Meeting Link: Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference 5/23/2024 Location United States Description Alaska is incredibly rich in renewable resources. At 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, Givey Kochanowski

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Maureen De Zeeuw, a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Ocean Energy’s Alaska OCS Region, explains the basics of wind-turbine energy to a group of 6th-graders at the Campbell Creek Science Center here May 7, 2024. De Zeeuw was one of several staff members from BOEM and its sister agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, participating in the Bureau of Land Management’s Outdoor Week 2024. BSEE photo by Guy Hayes.

A Light-Bulb Moment

Staff members at the Bureau of Ocean Energy’s Alaska OCS Region had the opportunity to work with fifth- and sixth-graders from all over Anchorage at Outdoor Week 2024, held by the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Creek Science Center here May 7-10.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Boxes of old records fill a storage room at the BOEM’s Alaska OCS Region office here November 2023. Staff at BOEM are engaged in a long-term initiative to digitize these old records, making them accessible electronically and thus more useful in research. BOEM photo by Ashley Ace.

Programmatic Approaches to Data Modernization and Accessibility

BOEM is deploying innovative strategies to modernize our data by utilizing Open-Source Software (OSS), automation, and the fundamentals of computer programming.

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Squat Lobster

The Squat Lobster

Distribution: Common in oceans around the world, except the coldest Arctic and Antarctic waters Ecosystem: Coral reefs at all depths, continental margins, shelf environments, hydrothermal vents

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BOEM-NASA Air Quality Study Published in AGU Journal

Scientists with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently published an analysis of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) patterns and trends in the Gulf of Mexico using satellite data to identify NO2 hotspots from oil and natural gas (ONG) platforms, establish a baseline for future emissions estimates, and provide a methodology for analyzing NO2 measurements.

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Blue Dragon

Blue Dragon Sea Slug

Dive into the mesmerizing world of the Blue Dragon Sea Slug, an ocean drifter with a lethal secret weapon. Learn about the marvels and perils of this small, yet formidable, creature of the deep.

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The Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp (order Stomatopoda) is so named because of its blend of features: the front part of its body has the bulging eyes and grasping forelimbs resembling a praying mantis, while its latter half has the hard exoskeleton resembling a shrimp.

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Dumbo Octopus: The Whimsical Survivor of the Deep

Distribution: Worldwide, tropical and temperate latitudes Ecosystem: Deep-open ocean Feeding Habits: Foraging Predator Taxonomy: Family Opisthoteuthidae (umbrella octopuses) Class Cephalopoda (squids

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Stock Image of Kitty Hawk Beach

BOEM Helps to Restore Popular Outer Banks Beaches

Over the years, Outer Banks beaches have been severely impacted by extreme weather events and naturally occurring erosion. In 2022, BOEM entered into a negotiated agreement to provide access to approximately 3.14 million cubic yards of Outer Continental Shelf sand to replenish 11.65 miles of Dare County shoreline along portions of the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills. Projects like these reduce storm damage and impacts from flooding, while maintaining useable recreational beaches. 

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WINDY CORNER, Alaska – Grace Callahan, daughter of BOEM Alaska Public Affairs Officer John Callahan, scans for beluga whales here Sept. 23. Grace and her father were at the Windy Corner observation station as part of Belugas Count! 2023. Now in its fifth year, Belugas Count! brings together citizen volunteers from around Cook Inlet to count whales as part of an effort to monitor the population of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. BOEM photo by John Callahan.

Cetacean Estimation: Belugas Count! 2023

Belugas Count! is a BOEM-sponsored, NOAA-led, and citizen-driven initiative to track the population of this ecologically important species. At the forefront of the effort are the citizens who volunteer to staff 14 public shore viewing stations around the Cook Inlet in Alaska.

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ESP

Environmental Studies Program Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Innovative program has provided important scientific data to inform bureau's decisions for 50 years. By Dr. Rodney E. Cluck Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program

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Surf 50 Years of Coastal and Ocean Science

BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program (ESP) develops, fund and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on energy and mineral resource development on the Outer

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installing the quivers and push core tubes on the front of the ROV

Boldly Explore Where No One Has Explored Before

BOEM is exploring the uncharted ocean off the coast of the United States, thanks to improving technology and the combined efforts of partner federal agencies.

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