Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Task Force

We are convening an advisory body that will provide scientific guidance to the Ocean Protection Council to inform continued actions on ocean acidification and hypoxia in California and along the West Coast.


California decision-makers have pursued a diverse set of actions on ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) that span management and policy jurisdictions since the release of the West Coast OAH Science Panel’s “Major Findings, Recommendations, and Actions” in 2016. The Panel recommended expanding scientific engagement to meet evolving management needs through the creation of an OAH Science Task Force (Task Force) (OAH Panel Action 8.1). In addition, Assembly Bill 2139 (Williams) was passed in September 2016, which designated the establishment of the Task Force to ensure that Ocean Protection Council (OPC) decision-making and further action on the issues of OAH continue to be supported by the best available science.

In 2018, OPC tasked Ocean Science Trust with convening and managing the Task Force, which is composed of Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team members and additional experts.


January 2018 – January 2019

On behalf of the OPC, the Task Force will:

  • track scientific efforts and work products related to OAH that advance Panel recommendations in order to identify opportunities to coordinate among and leverage investments, with a focus on OPC-funded initiatives
  • provide a technical forum for two-way engagement between scientists and decision-makers to ensure actions are being informed by the best available science
  • serve as a gateway to the broader OAH science community in order to provide sound science advice to the OPC
  • identify follow-up projects that will fill key OAH knowledge gaps in California

See the full Task Force Charter here. Members will serve a one-year term, from January 2018–January 2019, with the possibility of extension pending State need and available resources.


Francis Chan
Oregon State University, co-chair

Steve Weisberg*
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, co-chair

Jim Barry
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Alexandria Boehm*
Stanford University

Shallin Busch
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Sarah Cooley
Ocean Conservancy

Richard Feely
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Lisa Levin
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


*Denotes OPC Science Advisory Team member



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