Our initiatives span a broad range of ocean and coastal issues. Our proven process and expertise allow us to tackle the issues that challenge California.
Gerick Bergsma, 2010, Marine Photobank
We are researchers, but not in the way that people imagine. When we embark on a project it’s important for us to understand the institutions involved, different ways of looking at the issue, the range of relevant science. We use tools such as interviews, focus groups, and literature reviews to develop this knowledge.
The communities we work with speak different languages. We help those communities understand highly technical concepts from the scientific, policy, and management realms. This requires trust, scientific knowledge, and effective communication.
We actively foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization, with our partners and in the work we do. We aim to apply a broad set of perspectives, experience and knowledge in finding efficient and equitable solutions to climate change and its impacts on the ocean and coast. Learn more here.
The process is as valuable as the product. Collaboration means building new relationships, and sharing credit for our collective work. Through collaboration our projects are far more valuable to the state of California and our many partners, and we emerge stronger and better prepared for future work.
We’re not just communicating science but sharing it: building relationships and buy-in, so that others feel empowered to use and share science that can inform difficult problems.
We learn lessons, and apply them. Our approach to ecosystem monitoring is based on community priorities and lessons learned across the state. Our technical review process is tailored for each topic. We are constantly adjusting and learning to better our work on behalf of our oceans.
California Ocean Science Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress towards a healthy and productive ocean future for California. Created by state legislation, we bridge the gap between cutting-edge scientific research and sound ocean management.