In 2021, Ocean Science Trust expanded our role of actionable science advice and information delivery to the legislative branch.
Protecting California’s coast and ocean from the impacts of climate change and ensuring coastal cultures and livelihoods thrive has never been about party or politics. Californians have always valued science and believed in science-based governing. Our vision for Sacramento, and California, is a lawmaking culture infused with ocean and coastal science.
Our new legislative services are designed to help California’s leaders integrate the latest scientific understanding of climate and other threats to – and opportunities surrounding – California’s coastal and ocean health. As legislative members and staffers make tough decisions, OST is poised to support offices with rapid response on complex issues with evolving scientific understanding. We provide unbiased, solution-focused science insight that centers the state’s goals.
Our services include:
- Rapid response to science topic requests from legislative staff and members, including science summary memos and connections to experts.
- Formal briefings, small-group briefings, and informal events on topics of interest.
- Technical feedback on bill ideas
- Proactive science delivery on issues reflecting the nexus between legislative priorities, emerging science, and actively unfolding executive policy issues, including but not limited to sea level rise adaptation, microplastic pollution, aquaculture, equity in nature-based adaptation, offshore wind energy, and more.