The Bureau of Land Management is a part of the North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) which was formally authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The NSSI's purpose 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. It was developed by federal, state, local and Alaska Native entities with trust responsibilities for land and ocean management, to facilitate and improve collection and dissemination of ecosystem information pertaining to the North Slope of Alaska, including coastal and offshore regions.
The NSSI works to provide resource managers with the data and analyses they need to help evaluate multiple simultaneous goals and objectives related to each agency’s mission on the North Slope. The NSSI uses and complements the information produced under other North Slope science programs, both internal and external. The NSSI also facilitates information sharing among agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, international programs and members of the public to increase communication and reduce redundancy among science programs.