MarineCadastre.gov was developed in a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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MarineCadastre.gov is an integrated marine information system that provides ocean data, offshore planning tools, and technical support to the offshore renewable energy community. The project was designed specifically to support renewable energy siting on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf but is also being used for other ocean-related efforts. MarineCadastre.gov has three primary focus areas: Web map viewers and ocean planning tools; spatial data registry; and technical support and regional capacity building.
MarineCadastre.gov provides the following products and services:
- Spatial Data Registry – provides over 140 authoritative data layers or Web map services
- MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer – allows users to view and interact with the data
- Map Gallery – features custom maps that users can view, modify, or enhance with their own map services or GIS layers
- Technical Support – provides guidance, best practices, and other helpful resources
- In Practice – provides examples of how MarineCadastre.gov products and services are being used
- Updates – provides recent data and website updates
- So What? – helps users understand how MarineCadastre.gov data can be useful
MarineCadastre.gov was created to comply with Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 but is also providing the geospatial framework needed for the broader ocean planning initiative called for in the president’s National Ocean Policy.