Offshore wind in the US represents a vast untapped energy resource, and many states have set sizeable offshore wind capacity targets to take advantage of this new frontier. As the first offshore specific session of this conference, a key objective of these presentations will be to highlight the notable differences between onshore and offshore wind resource assessment. The NY Bight lease areas will be featured as a case study for estimating long-term wind resource characteristics and suitability inputs with limited onsite data. Special attention will be paid to floating lidar for measurement campaigns, particularly with regard to the risk and uncertainty associated with this technology. In addition, the accuracy of mesoscale modeling and value of different WRF configurations in offshore environments will be explored.