ESPIS - Environmental Studies Program Information System

What Is It?

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM’s)  Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) presents information about ongoing and completed BOEM ESP studies. The new search tool allows text and map-based queries to find relevant study information. Study information includes downloadable electronic documents of study profiles, technical summaries, and final reports, and links to associated publications and digital data. The ESPIS search tool is hosted on a shared platform with, which is developed in partnership with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. The old ESPIS search tool will remain available at the BOEM Data Center, during a transition period. is an integrated marine information system that provides authoritative, up-to-date data, tools, and technical support for ocean and Great Lakes planning. 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 marine spatial planning initiative called for in President Obama’s National Ocean Policy. has three primary focus areas: Web map viewers and decision-support tools, a spatial data registry, and technical support and regional capacity-building.

How Do I Get It?

ESPIS can be found here and is free to use.

Related Methods

Case study research is used to conduct an in-depth investigation of an issue at a specific instance and location.
Comparative research looks at two or more similar groups, individuals, or conditions by comparing them. This comparison often focuses on a few specific characteristics. This method can also be used to compare the same group, condition, or individual over time (also called longitudinal comparison). Comparisons may be qualitative or quantitative.
Historical research is a type of secondary data analysis to determine past social attitudes and community structure and how these have changed over time.

Related Partners

NOAA is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. It plays several distinct roles within the Department of Commerce.