WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has agreed for the national academies to form a new committee on “environmental science and assessment for offshore energy and minerals resources.”
The committee will “provide independent information on issues relevant to BOEM’s environmental studies and assessment activities and support discussions on relevant issues.”
The committee will operate under a three-year contract with the National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
The panel will comprise of 15 experts from academia, the private sector, and other organizations with scientific disciplines relevant to BOEM’s environmental assessment and studies programs. NRC is taking nominations until July 15, 2015. Committee members will not be compensated.
Topics that may be considered include such things as strategic approaches to environmental monitoring to assess ecosystem health and mitigation effectiveness; stakeholder discussions on controversial issues; reviews of proposed BOEM studies; high level reviews and expert advice on gaps and priorities for research; technical input related to BOEM’s environmental programs; enhancing understanding of innovation in science and technology; and NRC studies on specific topics.