Understanding the role of science in current ocean and climate legislation in the State of Washington
The IGERT Program on Ocean Change at the University of Washington is committed to training scholars to use integrative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-scale approaches to investigate problems of ocean change. Trainees learn how to address these problems from a coupled social-ecological perspective and communicate with diverse groups. Our diverse disciplinary research projects have indirect implications for society, but as trainees in the IGERT Program on Ocean Change, we are interested in how scientific findings are used by policy makers for the benefit of society. To learn how environmental science is used in the development of policy, we worked with Washington State policy makers as they developed draft legislation concerning ocean acidification and greenhouse gas emissions for Washington State. Going forward, we will serve as a resource for the Marine Resources Advisory Council and the Executive Work Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions.