**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
Ocean acidification poses a real threat to coastal ecosystems and economies, raising the question: other than reduce global emissions, what can we do?
To confront this challenge, the Science Advisory Team met April 18th in Oakland, CA for a workshop, “Bracing for Change.” One of the key items on the agenda was to discuss how to build upon the West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel (the Panel), which released its Major Findings, Recommendations, and Actions earlier this month.
At the workshop, the Science Advisory Team, Ocean Science Trust and decision-makers from across the State came together to share ideas on how best to take on some of the actions recommended by the Panel. The discussion centered around three themes:
- Address local factors that reduce ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) exposure
- Enhance the ability of biota to cope with OAH stress
- Expand and integrate knowledge about OAH
Steve Weisberg, Science Advisory Team member and Panelist, led a discussion to brainstorm ways in which California could and should move forward on the Panel’s recommended actions with particular focus on how the Science Advisory Team can support the state in these initiatives. A variety of ideas and proposed actions were produced by Science Advisory Team members and invited decision-makers. Moving forward, Ocean Science Trust will work in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council and the Science Advisory Team to identify next steps and a plan of action.
The workshop proceedings will be posted on Ocean Spaces in the near future.