Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Uses GIS to Manage Marine Minerals
Shoreline erosion is a significant problem that impacts communities’ ability to protect natural resources and public infrastructure, as well as support tourism, energy, and defense. To better manage nonenergy marine minerals like sand and gravel along the nation’s outer continental shelf (OCS), the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Marine Minerals Program created a new GIS solution that combines current and historical data.
The project—called the Marine Minerals Information System (MMIS)—was developed by BOEM in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the US Department of the Interior to support public policy decision-making; improve the integrity of BOEM resource management and leasing oversight; increase coastal resilience; and reduce response time, especially after extreme coastal storms.
BOEM had accumulated more than three decades’ worth of marine minerals data and documentation on a project-by-project basis but was hampered by the lack of a centralized system for managing geospatial information. The agency contracted with Esri partner Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI), to develop the MMIS, an enterprise GIS (eGIS)...