US Science and Technical Reports

BOEM Alaska Environmental Studies Program (ESP)

The Alaska Environmental Studies Program was initiated by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1974 in response to the Federal Government’s decision to propose areas of Alaska for offshore gas and oil development. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct environmental studies to obtain information pertinent to sound leasing decisions as well as to monitor the human, marine and coastal environments.

Alaska Annual Studies Plan

The Plan contains brief profiles of ongoing and proposed studies. The Plan also describes background, strategic overview, projected Outer Continental Shelf activities, examples of affected decisions, information sorted by discipline, and information needs.

2012 Studies Plan
Previous Study Plans 
Alaska Region Ongoing Studies October 2011
This table, updated quarterly, contains links to all studies that the Alaska Region's Environmental Studies Program is currently undertaking, and those that are in the planning stages. Studies are broken down into seven categories: Physical Oceanography, Fates and Effects, Babitat and Ecology, Marine Mammals and Protected Species, Social Systems, Information Management, and Integrated Studies.

Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS)
ESPIS is a searchable database of all completed Environmental Studies Program reports. It includes technical summaries of more than 700 BOEM-sponsored environmental research projects, and more than 2,000 full research reports. The information is grouped geographically by BOEM region -- Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Pacific, or Alaska. A "national" study is research that pertains to more than one geographic region (for example, the effects of wind on oil spill spreading).

Alaska Environmental Studies

Ocean Science Magazine

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

The BSEE manages research associated with renewable energy, oil and gas operational safety, and oil spill response. The Technology Assessment and Research (TA&R) Program is the research element of the regulatory program. The objective of the TA&R Program is: “To promote new technology and safety through the funding of collective research with industry, academia, and other government agencies and disseminate findings through a variety of public forums such as workshops, conferences, publications, and the internet”. There are two components to the TA&R Program:

The REnR program addresses technology and engineering issues associated with renewable energy projects in the OCS.

The OSER program activities address technological issues associated with the complete spectrum of  oil and gas operations ranging from the drilling of exploratory wells to the removal and decommissioning of facilities.

The OSRR program activities cover a wide spectrum of oil spill response issues to improve the knowledge and technologies used for the detection, containment and cleanup of oil spills that may occur on the OCS.

the Offshore Technology Research Center at Texas A&M University.

North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) 
The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) was developed by federal, state and local governments with trust responsibilities for land and ocean management, to facilitate and improve collection and dissemination of ecosystem information pertaining to the Alaskan North Slope region, including coastal and offshore regions. The mission of the NSSI is to improve scientific and regulatory understanding of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems for consideration in the context of resource development activities and climate change.

NSSI Data Catalog and Project Tracking

Maps & GIS

North Slope Geographic Information

North Slope Aviation Map

University of Alaska Fairbanks Coastal Marine Institute

Reports on the Alaska OCS 

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services provides universal access to natural and cultural resources information.

U.S. Geological Survey

USGS Alaska

Alaska Real-Time Information:

Real-Time Water Data Real-time water information

WaterWatch—Current Streamflow Conditions Real-time tracking of changes to rivers and streams within this location

Floods & High Water Flows Real-time tracking of flood conditions within the State

Drought Watch Real-time tracking of drought information within this location

Ground Water—Climate Response Network Real-time monitoring of the effects of droughts and other climate variability on ground-water levels.

Current Volcanic Activity in Alaska Current volcanic activity from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Earthquake Activity Real-time and historical earthquake information

Highlighted Alaska Links:

Alaska Science Center (new window)

A source of diverse information about Alaska’s natural resources issues and hazards assessments, including circumpolar regions.

Alaska Science Portal (new window)

Search for USGS science in Alaska

Biological Resource Information (new window)

Activities to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation’s biological resources

Earthquake Information (new window)

The latest information on earthquake related activity

Mineral Information (new window)

Statistics and information on the worldwide supply of, demand for, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, national security, and protection of the environment

National Geospatial Program Partnerships (new window)

A network that cultivates and maintains long-term relationships with partners and develops agreements which advance the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and support USGS science.

Water Resources Information (new window)

Timely information essential to understanding the Nation’s water resources