The Issue:  Pursuing the potential to harness offshore wind and deliver clean energy is a national priority as wind energy off the US coasts promises a steady source of power. Key to the success of offshore wind development is understanding the complexity of the ocean environment, it’s many uses, and having the knowledge to determine what areas of the ocean are most suitable for harnessing and transporting wind energy prior to investing substantial funds into supporting infrastructure.

The Solution: CSS delivers cutting edge spatial intelligence to support renewable energy siting by curating and synthesizing hundreds of complex oceanographic data layers, as well as data related to fisheries, protected species, shipping, and other natural and man-made resources. CSS develops geospatial models to analyze these data and deliver comprehensive maps and reports characterizing the suitability of ocean areas for renewable energy siting.

CSS Innovations and Contributions:  CSS supports a diversity of requirements for wind energy research, assessment, and development. We support efforts to assess and minimize the impacts of offshore wind activities on endangered or threatened species, marine mammals, fisheries, marine habitats, the fishing industry, and related coastal communities. We have prepared documentation to meet regulatory requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).

Key Technical Services

  • Marine statistical and spatial ecology
  • Biogeographic and ecological assessments
  • Socio-economic studies including impacts from offshore wind development
  • Habitat characterization and seafloor mapping
  • Essential fish habitat surveys
  • Species-habitat use models
  • Developing Agency reports, GIS data packages, web maps, and related products and web-based data visualization tools
  • Regulatory documentation for NEPA, ESA, and MSA

Examples of CSS Contributions include:

Additional Projects

Regulatory Documentation Development

CSS develops documents to meet the requirements of environmental regulations.

Social Values Relative to Wind Energy

CSS assisted in the assessment of social values related to understanding and support of offshore wind energy sitings off North and South Carolina.

HABs Interagency Research and Action Plans

Our scientists helped set the standard for coordinated research and action to reduce the impacts of HABs.

Human Health Risk Assessment

We help advance the understanding of chemical effects on people and the environment.

IT Services

Our IT solutions meet clients’ evolving needs.

Earth & Space Science Support & Operations

We deliver scientific support to advance our clients’ research goals.

Facilities Operations & Maintenance

We understand your facility support needs and deliver customized solutions.

Satellite Data Applications

Helping create a more environmentally sustainable, weather-ready, and secure nation through application of earth observation data  

Environmental Resource Assessment & Management

We apply science to address challenges affecting the nation’s natural resources.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

We help our clients prepare for and protect the health and environment of communities after disasters and hazmat releases.

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