Slide Legislative Services We provide scientific services to lawmakers in the California Legislature to help them make informed decisions about healthy oceans and coasts.

Science Services for Lawmakers

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.

Learn about our Ask an Expert briefing series and other work here

Photograph of a volunteer in an orange vest cleaning an oil spill
Spots of particulate matter refract under a murky green wave
Cliffs and a large rock rise out of the shallow water of a beach at Shark Fin Cove. Late afternoon sunlight casts long shadows.
Offshore windmills on a cloudy day, looking over the North Sea in Scotland
Fish swim through a murky kelp forest with shafts of sunlight coming through the water above

Opportunities for Partnership

We seek partners who share our commitment to California’s ocean environments to magnify the launch of this program, which is supported with seed money by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. This investment will prepare California for a changing ocean and protect what makes this state special, by tapping into the exciting advancements in science right here in our own backyard.

Join us in accelerating progress to a healthy coast and ocean.