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We are pleased to share with you the proceedings from the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team May 23 workshop “The Science of Climate Adaptation in California.” 

Download the full proceedings and executive summary

At this workshop, Ocean Science Trust brought the OPC-SAT together with decision-makers to:

  • Scan the Horizon: Inform OPC’s strategic planning and priorities through a horizon scanning exercise, identifying current and emerging science issues and research that the OPC-SAT sees as important for California in the near- and long-term
  • Inform a Statewide Ocean and Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Report: Discuss the formation of an OPC-SAT Working Group to develop a Statewide Ocean and Coastal Report as part of California’s 4th Climate Assessment

The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) has produced a substantial body of work over the past year, supporting the State’s science needs on topics ranging from climate change and California fisheries, harmful algal blooms, marine protected areas, and sea level rise. As California works towards the development of its 4th Climate Change Assessment, the OPC-SAT has a prime opportunity to weave together their existing work to inform how California responds to the changes ahead. This workshop was also an opportunity for the OPC-SAT to continue formalizing the procedures under which they operate, and explore their role and function as a scientific body that informs Ocean Protection Council (OPC) priorities in both the near and longer-term.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on next steps out of this workshop, including progress of the OPC-SAT working group supporting the development of an ocean and coastal report for the 4th Climate Change Assessment. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Hayley Carter, Program Scientist (hayley.carter@oceansciencetrust.org).