A Shared Challenge and Opportunity
Although ocean acidification (OA) is a global phenomenon, the U.S.-Canadian West Coast will face some of the earliest, most severe changes in ocean carbon chemistry. OA will be further compounded by global climate change and intensification and expansion of low dissolved oxygen – or hypoxic – zones. These shared challenges across the region demand cooperation across academic and political landscapes.
Why a Science Panel?
In 2012, California Ocean Science Trust and the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) recognized the need to harness the growing political attention on OA towards a fuller appreciation of its drivers and impacts. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, the OPC asked Ocean Science Trust to establish a scientific advisory panel on ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) in collaboration with Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
A Binational Panel of Leading Experts
From 2013 to 2016 Ocean Science Trust convened the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel, comprised of 20 leading experts. The Panel developed a body of products that serve as a scientific call to action; synthesizing the state of knowledge and identifying science-based options to address OAH at the regional and local levels.
The Panel was funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, Ocean Science Trust, and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The Institute for Natural Resources in Oregon, working in collaboration with California, was supported by the Oregon Governor’s Office, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the OSU Research Office. The participation of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center was supported by Washington State and the University of Washington.
- State of Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification final report (2012)
- CA Ocean Protection Council September 2012 public meeting
- Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Engaging CA in the Challenge, OPC-SAT Workshop Proceedings (2012)
- CA-OR Memorandum of Understanding on the Panel