Ocean Planning Data Courtesy of MarineCadastre.gov

November 14, 2012 --   MarineCadastre.gov is an integrated information system providing authoritative ocean data, offshore planning tools, and technical support useful to anybody with a stake in the location of offshore wind energy sites and other ocean planning efforts.

This website provides regularly updated information on offshore boundaries, infrastructure, human uses, and energy potential, as well as many other data sets.

Co-developed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the NOAA Coastal Services Center, MarineCadastre.gov features the following resources:

  • More than 140 ocean data layers
  • Web mapping services and a map gallery
  • National data viewer
  • Offshore planning tools
  • On-the-ground examples
  • “How-to” guides and technical support
  • Latest data and Web mapping updates

The data viewer and customized tools allow users to interact with the data—for instance, measuring distances, noting marine boundaries and ownership information, and adding buffers around the areas of interest. It also simplifies and speeds up the ability of key players to address siting details and share data and maps. Find out how people have used MarineCadastre.gov to fill data gaps, support ocean health, and advance marine mammal research.

The data sets represent wind planning areas, marine protected areas, and outer continental shelf lease blocks. Active renewable energy leases. Exclusive Economic Zone and maritime boundaries. Active oil and gas leases. And more.  

Over 20 authoritative data layers are available as soon as updates are made by the providers. These Web map services are provided by NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and National Marine Protected Areas Center, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As soon as these partners publish or refresh their data, an announcement is posted on the updates page and the data are visible on the viewer

MarineCadastre.gov is also available via the Digital Coast website. To learn more about this website, contact Email Contact



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