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Assessing Social Values Relative to Offshore Wind ...

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) Office of Renewable Energy Programs oversees development of offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM identified wind energy areas ...

Ecological Analysis Used to Support New York State...

We collaborated with the state of New York to collect and interpret ecological information needed to plan the location of wind farms and other ocean projects. The scope of our ...

Identifying Potential Wind Energy Areas in the Gul...

NCCOS and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have partnered to create a spatial suitability model that identifies optimum locations for offshore Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of ...

Mapping and Biological Assessments in Potential Wi...

We are conducting seafloor mapping and biological assessments in a potential site for wind energy development offshore southeast North Carolina. The maps and data will allow the Bureau of Ocean ...

Mapping and Modeling Mid-Atlantic Seabirds to Supp...

Seabirds and other birds that spend time at sea are wide-ranging and highly mobile, and mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. We are producing high-resolution, predictive maps of ...

Marine Bird Spatial Distributions on the Pacific O...

Currently, there is a gap in useable information regarding marine bird distributions on the U.S. Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). We are synthesizing available high-quality, at-sea data to produce high-resolution, ...

Marine Spatial Planning Data Development: U.S. Car...

NCCOS and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service hosted workshops with stakeholders in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to identify spatial data for informed marine planning in the U.S ...

Modeling and mapping marine bird distributions on ...

Seabirds and other marine birds are wide-ranging and highly mobile so mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. The purpose of this project was to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...

Resident Perceptions of Offshore Wind Energy Devel...

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) oversees development of U.S. offshore renewable energy projects on submerged lands called the Outer Continental Shelf. BOEM has identified two areas on the ...

Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in...

In support of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NCCOS characterized seafloor habitats and fish distributions in coastal waters of New York. The New York Wind Energy Area (79,350 acres), ...

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NCCOS Spatial Science Assists with BOEM Designatio...

Map of the final Wind Energy Areas offshore of the Oregon Coast. Map credit: BOEM In a significant step toward achieving the Biden-Harris administration's ambitious renewable energy goals, the Bureau ...

Advancing Ocean Planning: NOAA Hosts Key Workshops...

Two significant technical memorandum were the result of the two day workshops. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the NOAA National ...

NCCOS Modeling Helps Guide Proposed Offshore Wind ...

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) unveiled plans today for a proposed offshore wind lease sale in the Central Atlantic, underscoring the Biden administration's commitment to a clean energy ...

NCCOS Spatial Modeling Informs Selection of Wind E...

In a big step toward supporting the Biden Administration’s plan to expand offshore wind energy in the U.S., the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has chosen four Wind Energy ...

Identifying a Draft Wind Energy Area in the Gulf o...

NCCOS is once again working alongside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the lead agency for offshore energy development, to continue expanding offshore wind energy in U.S. waters. Map ...

NCCOS Supports Historic Offshore Wind Energy Aucti...

In a big step toward a cleaner and more sustainable future, the Department of the Interior successfully conducted the first-ever offshore wind energy auction for the Gulf of Mexico region ...

NCCOS Partners with BOEM to Identify Draft Wind En...

Oregon Draft Wind Energy Areas, August 2023. Credit: BOEM. Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced two Draft Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off the coast of Oregon. These ...

Final Wind Energy Areas Identified in the Central ...

A map of the final WEAs. Credit: BOEM Continuing in efforts to pave the way for offshore wind energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has identified three ...

NCCOS/MSE Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Port...

Top Row: James Morris (Program Lead), Meghan Balling, Jonathan Jossart, Jayme McBee; Middle Row: Rabiya Dar, Amit Malhotra, Barry King, Jennifer Wright, Alyssa Randall, Andrew Shamaskin; Bottom Row: Jessica Carlton, ...

NCCOS Model Guides Designation of Wind Energy Area...

Drawing on results of a spatial suitability model developed in partnership with NCCOS, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week designated two Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the ...

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