Providing Science Advice

We provide science advice to California so our state can make better informed decisions for our coast and ocean.

WHAT IS SCIENCE ADVICE?

More than rigorous, reliable scientific information, effective science advice requires collaboration, trust, and a timely and efficient process. When science advice works well, the result is better informed decisions, and strengthened relationships that can ease this process in the future. The Ocean Science Trust supports California in official capacities that fulfill the vision of our founding legislation.

SCIENCE ADVISOR TO THE OCEAN PROTECTION COUNCIL

The executive director of the Oceans Science Trust officially serves as the science advisor to the California Ocean Protection Council, and co-chair of the OPC’s Science Advisory Team (see below). Through this innovative and unique structure, independent science literally holds a seat at the decision table, reflecting California’s commitment to science-informed decision-making.

CONVENING THE OPC’S SCIENCE ADVISORY TEAM

On behalf of the Ocean Protection Council, Ocean Science Trust convenes the OPC-SAT, shaping the agenda to serve California’s priorities. This panel of 26 esteemed scientists from a range of disciplines meets regularly to engage with decision makers on salient issues. Throughout the year, Ocean Science Trust guides working groups of the OPC-SAT to provide additional support, reviews and product development that serve the state.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REVIEW

When our state partners use science to inform their work, they often turn to us for technical review of that science. Much like peer review of journal articles, scientific and technical review is an important tool for judging the reliability and quality of science that informs the work of government agencies. We collaborate with our partners to design review processes that work for them, and uphold appropriate standards. This means rigorously assessing the science with an eye to the political and management context, and the on-the-ground reality of how the science will be used. It also means clearly and transparently documenting our process.

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