CONVENERS OF AN EXPERT SCIENCE PANEL
From 2013 - 2016, we led a collaboration of twenty leading scientists from California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to address the challenges of ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH). As conveners, Ocean Science Trust served as a link between scientists and decision-makers, and worked with the Panel to develop a suite of products:
- FOUNDATIONAL SCIENCE publications that distill our current understanding of effects on individual species and ecosystems in a management context.
- TECHNICAL GUIDANCE documents that provide a vision for how monitoring, modeling, and research can better serve decisions across management jurisdictions.
- MAJOR FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND ACTIONS that summarizes the Panel's main messages and presents actions that can be taken now to address OAH.
Visit the Panel's products page to download these resources.
IMPLEMENTING THE PANEL'S RECOMMENDATIONS
The main message of the Panel is: there are actions to take, and there a cost to inaction. Ocean Science Trust is already mobilizing the scientific community, convening the the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) to conduct a deep dive into the Panel’s Recommendations and Actions and prioritize next steps:
- April 18 OPC-SAT workshop “Bracing for a Changing World” full proceedings and summary.
- OPC-SAT Letter to the Ocean Protection Council re OAH.
We are now working with the OPC-SAT to create working groups to address:
- the importance of aquatic vegetation in ameliorating OA and storing carbon;
- understanding if and under what conditions protected areas confer resilience; and
- addressing science needs to revise water quality criteria to address OAH.
These efforts will address key gaps left between other ongoing OPC-SAT working groups:
- OPC-SAT harmful algal blooms working group
- OPC-SAT climate change and fisheries working group
LOOKING AHEAD: BUILDING AN OAH PROGRAM
OAH are not isolated threats to our oceans, but a part of a shifting environment in which carbonate chemistry and dissolved oxygen are changing alongside nutrients and temperature. We look forward to coalescing our ongoing work and projects under development into an coordinated OAH program that defines what it means to be prepared for change.