CONVENERS OF AN EXPERT SCIENCE PANEL

From 2013 - 2016, we led a collaboration of twenty scientists representing California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to address the simultaneous challenges of ocean acidification and hypoxia. As conveners, Ocean Science Trust served as a link between scientists and decision-makers, working with ocean management counterparts along the West Coast. Through this effort, we are helping leaders make informed decisions for ocean 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.

 

PANEL PRODUCTS: INFORMING MULTIPLE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

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, we worked with the Panel to produce a suite of products: 

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for decision-makers that summarizes the Panel's work and presents actions that can be taken now to address acidification and hypoxia. 
  • FOUNDATIONAL SCIENCE publications for subject matter experts that distill the current understanding of effects on individual species and ecosystems, identifies the science needs of managers, and the challenges an opportunities for developing water quality criteria.
  • TECHNICAL GUIDANCE documents for program managers. This includes a framework for developing a West Coast-wide monitoring network that meets the needs of decision-makers, as well as research priorities focused on providing the knowledge needed to effectively manage oceans in the face of multiple stressors.

Visit the Panel's products page to download these resources.

 

NEXT STEPS: IMPLEMENTING THE PANEL'S ACTIONS

The Panel provides decision-makers with comprehensive actions that can be implemented immediately (within one year). We continue to work with the California Ocean Protection Council and other decision-makers on the West Coast to implement the Panel's actions.