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Accession Number PB2013-108467
Title Coastal Marine Institute, University of Alaska, Program Administration 2008-2012.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 16p
Personal Author R. Gradinger
Abstract The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) administers the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) natural gas, oil, and marine minerals program overseeing the safe and environmentally sound leasing, exploration, and production of these resources within our nation's offshore areas. The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) was formally directed in 1978, under Section 20 of the OCS Lands Act Amendments, to provide information in support of the decisions involved in the planning, leasing, and management of exploration, development, and production activities. The ESP research agenda is driven by the identification of specific issues, concerns, or information needs by federal resource managers partnering with state and local stakeholders. The Environmental Studies Program produces an annual studies plan of research priorities which focuses on the following broad issues associated with development of OCS gas, oil, and minerals: (1) What are the fates and effects of potential OCS-related pollutants (e.g., oil, noise, drilling muds, and cuttings, products of fuel combustion) in the marine and coastal environment and the atmosphere. (2) What biological resources (e.g., fish populations) exist and which resources are at risk. What is the nature and extent of the risk. What measures must be taken to allow extraction to take place. (3) How do OCS activities affect people in terms of jobs and the economy. What are the direct and indirect effects on local culture. What are the psychological effects of the proposed OCS activities.
Keywords Alaska
Biological communities
Coastal regions
Continental shelf
Marine biology
Marine environment
Marine mammals
Mineral resouces
Natural gas

Source Agency Minerals Management Service
NTIS Subject Category 47D - Biological Oceanography
47C - Physical & Chemical Oceanography
98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
68D - Water Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Coastal Marine Inst.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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