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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process gives the military an opportunity to review and assess its activities, ensuring that the benefits of recent scientific and technological advances are applied toward analyzing potential environmental effects. As part of this process, scientists compile and analyze all currently available data and research with a focus on understanding species distribution, abundance, and movement patterns, as well as potential effects from underwater activities. Examples of available information include:

  • Marine Resource Assessments
  • Density and Abundance Estimates
  • Scientific Literature and Study Results
  • Sound Propagation and Effects Modeling