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OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT)

OPC-SAT Meeting: Full Proceedings and Workshop Summary Now Available

On April 18, 2016 The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team met in Oakland, CA for a workshop “Bracing for a Changing World.” The Full Proceedings and Workshop Summary are now available.

The impact and relevance of the SAT has grown substantially over the last five years and advanced science-informed actions on a wide array of state priorities. As the threat of climate change looms ever larger over our ocean and coast, the State increasingly recognizes the need to work even more closely with the scientific community. At this workshop, Ocean Science Trust brought the SAT together with decision-makers to:

  • reflect upon the SAT’s progress as the State’s conduit to the scientific community,
  • refine its vision and discuss its working procedures; and
  • conduct a deep dive into the final Recommendations and Actions of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel (the Panel) – to identify next steps for the SAT.

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OPC-SAT Meeting, April 18, 2016: Bracing for a Changing World

The OPC Science Advisory Team is composed of 26 esteemed scientists, convened to serve the science and policy needs of California. The next meeting will be Monday, April 18th. View the public agenda.

The meeting will be held at the Elihu M Harris Building, Room 1, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, and is open to the public.

Workshop: Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change

The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team held their most recent workshop, Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change, on February 25, 2015,from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Elihu M. Harris State Building, Room 2, Oakland, California.

The goal of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) is to ensure that the best available science is applied to OPC policy decisions. Members of the team assist in reaching this goal by developing recommendations on scientific issues identified by the OPC. The OPC-SAT also convenes working groups and forums to discuss research priorities and critical management problems.

The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) coordinates the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) in accordance with the OPC Five-year Strategic Plan. The Executive Director of the OST coordinates activities and serves as co-chair of the OPC-SAT providing guidance on scientific issues and management problem requests from the OPC.

Primary Tasks
OPC-SAT members may be called upon to:

  • Develop recommendations on scientific issues identified by the OPC;
  • Respond to information requests from the OPC;
  • Evaluate the technical merit of scientific and technical projects proposed to the OPC;
  • Provide technical advice on OPC agenda items and reports;
  • Convene technical working groups and scientific forums to address critical management problems;
  • Assist in ranking and refining annual research priorities;
  • Identify critical emerging science issues that should be of concern to the OPC and the state; and
  • Provide recommendations on implementing the federal Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy

More information about the OPC-SAT, including meeting materials, can be found on the OST website.

OPC-SAT Members

Richard F. Ambrose, Professor/Director
University of California, Los Angeles/Environmental Science and Engineering

Alexandria B. Boehm, Associate Professor
Stanford University

Mark Carr, Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz

Daniel R. Cayan, Meteorologist
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Francisco Chavez, Senior Scientist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Kenneth Coale, Professor
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University

Christopher Costello, Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Briannon Fraley, Self Governance Director
Smith River Rancheria

John Field, Fisheries Scientist
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Steve Gaines, Professor/Director
University of California, Santa Barbara/Marine Science Institute

Gary Griggs, Professor/Director
University of California, Santa Cruz/Institute of Marine Sciences

Frances Gulland, Senior Scientist
The Marine Mammal Center

Madeleine Hall-Arber, Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sam Johnson, Research Geologist
U.S. Geological Survey

Barry Wayne McCovey Jr., Fisheries Biologist
Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program

Steven N. Murray, Professor/Dean
California State University Fullerton/College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Karina J. Nielsen, Director
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SFSU

Jeffrey D. Paduan, Associate Professor
Naval Postgraduate School

Jerry Schubel, President and CEO
Aquarium of the Pacific

John J. Stachowicz, Associate Professor
University of California, Davis

Chuck Striplen, Associate Environmental Scientist
San Francisco Estuary Institute

William Sydeman, President
Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research

Stephen Weisberg, Executive Director
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Holly Doremus, UC Berkeley

Gretchen Hofmann, UC Santa Barbara