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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 Biogeographic Assessment of U.S. Territorie...

We are conducting a study of spatial data across four U.S. territories (Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) to characterize ...

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 ...

Marine Spatial Planning Data Development: Virginia...

NCCOS is hosting a Marine Spatial Planning Workshop in North Carolina to bring together stakeholders from Virginia and the Carolinas and determine the spatial data necessary for informed marine planning, ...

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 ...

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Oregon Offshore Wind Updates: Proposed Sale Notice...

On April 30, in another step by the Biden-Harris Administration to support the growing momentum across America for a renewable energy economy, the Department of the Interior announced a proposal ...

Explore An Interactive Storymap on Offshore Wind E...

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) wind energy spatial planning team, in conjunction with partners at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has released the latest communication ...

New Study Provides Insights into Marine Bird Distr...

To inform the sustainable development of offshore wind energy on the United States' Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a recent study sheds light on the spatial and temporal distributions of ...

BOEM Finalizes Wind Energy Area in the Gulf of Mai...

Map of final Gulf of Maine Wind Energy Area. Credit: NCCOS, BOEM On March 15, 2024, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the final Wind Energy Area (WEA) ...

Spatial Modeling Helps BOEM Identify Optimal Areas...

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) partnered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to produce a video describing the process of offshore wind energy development along ...

Spatial Modeling Informs Designation of Final Wind...

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

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 ...

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