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Office for Coastal Management, 2024: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act,

Item Identification

Title: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2017-04-12

This data represents geographic terms used within the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA or Act). The Act defines the United States outer continental shelf (OCS) as all submerged lands lying seaward of state submerged lands and waters (as defined in the Submerged Lands Act) which are under U.S. jurisdiction and control. Under the OCSLA, the Secretary of the Interior is responsible for the administration of mineral exploration and the development of the OCS. The OCSLA has been amended several times, most recently as a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In addition, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 amended OCSLA Section 8 to give jurisdiction of alternate energy-related uses on the outer continental shelf to the Department of the Interior. When investigating geo-regulatory boundaries near the boundary edges, users should consult the most up-to-date applicable jurisdictional boundaries from all respective authoritative sources.


Date enacted: August 7, 1953

Codification: 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1331 et seq.

Authority: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None coastal
None planning

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea
None United States of America

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Entity Attribute Overview:

statute, citation, codification

Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 653711
Date Effective From: 2017-04-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 653716
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.708841
S° Bound: 15.563121

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 653715
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2016

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121362
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121361
Download URL:

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 653738
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-12

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 653737
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 717476
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



Clean Water Act

CC ID: 653701
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Publish Date: 2016-11-09
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-11-09
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Provided the national boundary for the Clean Water Act. | Type of Source Media: online

US State Submerged Lands

CC ID: 653702
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Publish Date: 2016-09-14
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-09-14
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Provided the national boundary for the US State Submerged Lands. | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 653703

1. Downloaded the Clean Water Act and US State Submerged Lands boundaries data.

2. Erased the Clean Water Act with the US State Submerged Lands.

3. Visually inspected boundary extents to make sure they were coincident with respective data source boundaries.

4. Added fields and populated according to data dictionary.

Process Date/Time: 2017-01-01 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1188737

1) Executed the REPAIR GEOMETRY function to resolve errors in the geometry

2) Executed the MULTIPART TO SINGLEPART function to separate polygons into individual features

3) Rebuilt the spatial index

Process Date/Time: 2022-10-26 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity OuterContinentalShelfLandsAct

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 48913
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48913
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-14 15:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08