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. In addition, OA will be further compounded by global climate change and by intensification and expansion of low dissolved oxygen – or hypoxic – zones. These issues are shared challenges among the region and require cooperation across academic and political landscapes.
Why a Science Panel?
In 2012, Ocean Science Trust recognized the need to harness the growing media and political attention on ocean acidification towards a fuller appreciation of the problem. It was also critical to place science at the center of defining that problem. Thus the California Ocean Protection Council in 2013 asked Ocean Science Trust to establish a scientific advisory panel 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 (OAH) Science Panel, comprised of 20 leading experts. The Panel developed a series of products that serve as a scientific call to action on OAH; synthesizing the state of knowledge and identifying science-based options to address the global problem at the regional and local levels.
- State of Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification final report (2012)
- CA Ocean Protection Council September 2012 public meeting
- CA-OR Memorandum of Understanding on the Panel
- Pacific Coast Collaborative Letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper (2013)
The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel was funded by the Ocean Science Trust, the California Ocean Protection Council, and Coastal Impact Assistance Program. 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.