North Slope Science Initiative [NSSI] Law and Legal Definition

North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) is a long-term initiative which was established by the federal statute. The NSSI ensures that research activities are systematically integrated across disciplines and individual projects or programs relating to energy resource exploration and development in the North Slope.

The purpose of the initiative is to implement efforts to coordinate collection of scientific data that will provide a better understanding of the terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems of the North Slope of Alaska.

Pursuant to 42 USCS § 15906, the objectives of NSSI are the following:

1.To ensure that the initiative is conducted through a comprehensive science strategy and implementation plan;

2.To identify and prioritize information needs for inventory, monitoring, and research activities to address the individual and cumulative effects of past, ongoing, and anticipated development activities and environmental change on the North Slope;

3. To develop an understanding of information needs for regulatory and land management agencies, local governments, and the public;

4. To focus on prioritization of pressing natural resource management and ecosystem information needs, coordination, and cooperation among agencies and organizations;

5.To coordinate ongoing and future inventory, monitoring, and research activities to minimize duplication of effort, share financial resources and expertise, and assure the collection of quality information;

6.To identify priority needs not addressed by agency science programs in effect on the date of enactment of this Act [enacted Aug. 8, 2005] and develop a funding strategy to meet those needs;

7.To provide a consistent approach to high caliber science, including inventory, monitoring, and research****