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Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action, Washington State's Strategic Response

Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification 2012. Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action, Washington State's Strategic Response. H. Adelsman and L. Whitely Binder (eds). Washington Department of Ecology, Olympia, Washington. Publication no. 12-01-015.


In December 2011, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire convened a Blue Ribbon Panel of leading tribal, state, federal and local policy makers; scientific experts; public opinion leaders; and industry representatives to develop recommendations for addressing the impacts of ocean acidification in Washington's marine waters. Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action, Washington State's Strategic Response summarizes current scientific understanding of ocean acidification pertinent to Washington State and recommends 42 actions, including 18 "key early actions", for increasing Washington's resilience to ocean acidification. The Panel's recommendations include actions that will: 1. Reduce emissions of carbon dioxide;
2. Reduce local land-based contributions to ocean acidification;
3. Increase our ability to adapt to and remediate the impacts of ocean acidification;
4. Invest in Washington's ability to monitor and investigate the causes and effects of ocean acidification;
5. Inform, educate, and engage stakeholders, the public, and decision makers in responding to ocean acidification; and
6. Maintain a sustainable and coordinated focus on ocean acidification at all levels of government.

The final report was delivered to the Governor Gregoire on November 27, 2012.