About the Project

The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) is working with the California Ocean Science Trust (CalOST) to convene an expert panel that will advance decision-makers’ understanding of the drivers and impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia.

The panel will synthesize and interpret knowledge from this scientifically diverse and rapidly evolving field of research, and will identify research and monitoring priorities critical to the West Coast's future.  

CalOST and INR will guide and support the panel using their expertise in understanding manager needs and facilitating cross-disciplinary groups. Together CalOST and INR will serve as the link between the panel and state, regional and federal decision-makers by providing the management and policy context for ocean acidification and hypoxia.

More information about the panel, including meeting notes, is available on the CalOST West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel website.


About the Panelists: Interdisciplinary Expertise for Science Integration

The Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel represents a core team of experts from California, Oregon and Washington. Some are specifically ocean acidification or hypoxia experts, while others bring broader research perspectives, including knowledge of the role of science in policy and management. The memorandum of understanding establishing the panel is available here.

Panel Chairs

Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University

Francis Chan - Oregon State University 


Jack Barth - Oregon State University
Elizabeth Chornesky - Independent Consultant
Andrew Dickson - Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Richard Feely - NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Burke Hales - Oregon State University
Tessa Hill - University of California Davis
Gretchen Hofmann - University of California Santa Barbara
Terrie Klinger - University of Washington

Debby Ianson - Institute for Ocean Sciences, British Columbia
John Largier - University of California Davis
Jan Newton - University of Washington
George Somero - Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station
Martha Sutula - Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Waldo Wakefield - Oregon State University, NW Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
George Waldbusser - Oregon State University
Steve Weisberg - Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Liz Whiteman - California Ocean Science Trust

Staffing of the Oregon scientists has been 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 Oregon State University Research Office.


In the News

NPR interview with Panelist Burke Hales: “A Science 'A-Team' Focuses On Ocean Acidity” (July 17, 2015)

OSU Study Explains How Even A Little Ocean Acidification Can Kill Baby Oysters (OPB, July 12, 2013)


Panel Products


Working Group Publications

Technical White Papers

Decision-Maker Resources


Working Group Publications

  • What do changes in the carbonate system, oxygen availability, and temperature portend for coastal ecosystems? A physiological perspective (Somero et al. 2015, in review)

  • Drivers of Ocean Chemistry Change off the West Coast of North America (Fall 2015)

Technical White Papers

  • Supporting ecosystem resilience to address ocean acidification and hypoxia (in Panel review)

  • Water quality criteria for an acidifying ocean: Challenges and opportunities (in Panel review)

  • Nutrient modeling: summary of science needs (in Panel review)

Decision-Maker Resources

  • Executive Summary for Decision-Makers

  • Monitoring framework: tracking the impacts of changing ocean chemistry to inform decisions

  • Research Priorities for the West Coast

  • Defining Resilience for Ocean Ecosystems


Other Informational Resources

Background Information about Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia from Oregon Sea Grant

Media Stories on Ocean Acidification in Oregon Waters

Media Stories on  Hypoxia in Oregon Waters