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OES Fall Seminar- Shannon Cofield, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 - time/details may vary.
09/15/2022 3:00 PM EST - 4:00 PM EST
Oceanography & Physical Sciences Building - 200
Shannon Cofield of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will speak on "Marine Minerals Division: Stewards of Offshore Sand & More!". Please join us for a reception in OCNPA 404 after the seminar.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management- Marine Minerals Division: Stewards of Offshore Sand & More!

Shannon Cofield, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of Interior

BOEM-MMD is an applied science group that develops and funds various studies, as well as a mix of regulatory work. We develop studies based on data gaps, major events, or a program-based need. Our primary focus is to manage sand/ sediment/ critical mineral resources in all U.S. federal waters. In the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, our teams manage sand resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to be used by local communities for beach replenishment projects. The projects themselves are typically conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a variety of private dredge companies. However, not all sand is created equal, and communities require "beach-quality" sand (based on grain-size and lithology) driven by a variety of factors including maximizing beach erosion impacts to tourism needs. It is a massive undertaking to identity locations of OCS "beach-quality" resources. The process typically involves vessel-based geophysical and geological (G&G) surveys, in addition to a full environmental review. Once identified, these areas are labeled as "borrow areas" and BOEM keeps a record of those data via our Marine Mineral Information System. BOEM-MMD not only serves as a the regulatory branch for offshore resource leasing, but we issue permits/ authorizations for G&G surveys in federal waters. New Executive Orders mandated the development a new offshore critical minerals team to identify resources and address potential (and novel) lease requests. Additionally, the Inflation Reduction Act has provided substantial funding for new environmental studies that directly overlap our team's scope.

The Ocean & Earth Sciences departmental seminar informs students, staff, faculty, and the University community about recent issues. For more than 40 years, the series has fostered connection among current and future professionals. Seminars are held most Thursdays at 3 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

For information, email Professor Tal Ezer at tezer@odu.edu.

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