MarineCadastre.gov is a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide authoritative ocean data, tools, and support to the offshore renewable energy and marine planning communities. The project was initiated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) – Sec. 388 – Alternative Energy-Related Uses on the Outer Continental Shelf. This act directs the U.S. Department of the Interior, in cooperation with three other federal agencies—the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Department of Defense—to establish a mapping initiative to assist in decision-making related to alternative energy uses on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
At its core, MarineCadastre.gov contains data on jurisdictional boundaries, marine infrastructure and transportation, and renewable energy, as well as physical and biological data needed to support planning and management of submerged lands and marine spaces. Currently, MarineCadastre.gov includes over 250 data sets, six specialized tools, over 20 web maps, and over 50 documented uses.
If you are not familiar with the Marine Cadastre, please take a moment to explore the data, maps, and tools provided on https://marinecadastre.gov/. Short on time? You can read the Top Ten Things to Know about Marine Cadastre.