Employing Key Tools of Science Integration

The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel (OAH Panel) was convened by the California Ocean Science Trust in 2013 to advance decision makers’ understanding of drivers and impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia. The Panel is an interdisciplinary collaboration of 20 esteemed scientists from California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Visit the Panel website to learn more about their work.

Implementing innovative approaches to science integration is one of Ocean Science Trust’s core principles. Here, we describe some of the key tools that assist us with elevating the most innovative thinking from the scientific community on ocean acidification and hypoxia in order to advance science-informed decision making in support of resilient ocean and coastal communities.

Scoping the Panel with the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

We convened the OPC-SAT to provide ideas on how best to scope, constitute, and manage a dynamic science advisory panel. To maintain the strategic link between the OPC-SAT and the Panel, three OPC-SAT members are panelists, including Ali Boehm as Panel chair. Download the meeting summary here

Understanding Decision Makers' Science Needs at Multiple Levels of Government

Using Science Needs Assessment, Ocean Science Trust and the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) at Oregon State University, engaged state, regional, and federal decision makers to establish the knowledge gaps that might inhibit thoughtful management and policy action. Learn more about this tool: Science Needs Assessment: Approach and Methods 

Managing the Panel to Success

Ocean Science Trust is working with the Panel Executive Committee to bring together diverse knowledge producers and users, elevate the work of the Panel, and facilitate the development of policy and management relevant resources. 

Envisioning the Future Role of Science in Decision Making

We are working to encapsulate the best thinking from the scientific community on how to built capacity for science in decision making over the next 5-10 years. We interviewed over 40 experts, including natural and social scientists, economists, and other thought leaders, to provide a resource to catalyze discussions at the highest levels of policymaking.

Executing A Strategic Communications Plan

We are disseminating Panel products and messages to targeted decision making bodies. Utilizing various media and outreach venues, including an official Panel website, a monthly newsletter, blog posts, and Panel participation at conferences, to ensure the Panel's work is understood across its many audiences.  


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Program contacts

Skyli McAfee / California Ocean Science Trust (OST), California Ocean Protection Council (OPC)
Moose O'Donnell / Ocean Science Trust
Emily Knight / Lenfest Ocean Program
Errin Ramanujam / California Ocean Science Trust
Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
Eve Robinson / California Ocean Science Trust and Humboldt State University