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Ocean Protection Council Participates in an Uncommon Dialogue at Stanford University

Staff from the Ocean Protection Council participated in an Uncommon Dialogue, “Ocean Acidification: Setting Water Quality Goals” in mid-October 2016 at Stanford University. The meeting was hosted by Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Center for Ocean Solutions, the California Ocean Protection Council, and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. The full meeting summary and Executive Summary is now available. 

On October 17-18, 2016, an Uncommon Dialogue on “Ocean Acidification: Setting Water Quality Goals” was held at Stanford University.

In response to the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel’s Recommendation 3 (Revise water quality criteria), 25 experts were convened at Stanford University on October 17–18, 2016 to chart a path toward development of ocean acidification (OA) water quality goals. Participants were asked to help develop goals that in the short term could be used as management tools for defining monitoring needs and for interpreting modeling and monitoring output, and in the longer term could form the foundation for water quality criteria.

The workshop had three objectives: 1) Identify the chemical parameters and biological indicators that are most appropriate for assessing the status of ocean acidification; 2) Prioritize the research needed to advance the parameters and indicators toward use as water quality goals; and, 3) Pinpoint the biggest impediments to development of criteria from these goals and actions that can be taken to lessen those impediments.

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