AN EXPERT PANEL TO INFORM DECISION MAKERS
We are leading a collaboration of twenty scientists representing California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to address the simultaneous challenges of ocean acidification and hypoxia. Serving as a link between scientists and decision-makers, Ocean Science Trust is helping leaders make informed decisions for West Coast ecosystems and the communities who rely on them.
Both the scientific and the political landscapes for these issues are highly dynamic; we continually engage with partners throughout the state, regional, and federal realms to precisely align the Panel thinking with needs. We are taking the latest science and tailoring information for decision-makers so they can incorporate it in their work.
EXAMINING THE SCIENCE. PROPOSING NEW DIRECTIONS.
From its initial charge, the Panel has recognized that ocean acidification is not an isolated threat to our oceans, but a part of a shifting environment in which carbonate chemistry and dissolved oxygen are changing alongside nutrients and temperature. These multiple stressors along the West Coast require new information, new directions, and new approaches for future work.
To address the information needs of decision-makers, Panelists are contributing to the scientific literature with high-level scientific perspectives that distill the current understanding of oceanographic drivers, and physiological and ecological impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia. From these discussions, new insights are emerging that are guiding a new monitoring framework and future research priorities. We are stewarding these efforts, taking opportunities to bring in additional perspectives from our work on marine protected area monitoring, fisheries science, and ocean health.
CATALYZING DECISIONS AT MULTIPLE LEVELS
In addition to the current state of the science on ocean acidification and hypoxia, the Panel is contributing new thinking on how science and management should be conducted in the future. The Panel is developing a manuscript speaking to the information needs of managers with different resource portfolios. On particular issues, for example, water quality, the Panel is developing targeted guidance for how particular management actions, such as listings under the Clean Water Act, should incorporate the emerging scientific understanding about ocean acidification.
We have worked with the Panel to encapsulate the best thinking from the scientific community on how to build capacity for science that supports decisions over the next 5-10 years. Through interviews with over 40 experts, including natural and social scientists, economists, and other thought leaders, we developed a vision of a Future Science Landscape to catalyze policy action.