Ocean Acidification Policy: Applying the Lessons of Washington to California and Beyond

Ryan P. Kelly
Created: 10/18/2018 -


This Article aims to distill the lessons of Washington’s experience with ocean acidification (OA) policy and apply them to the political framework that exists in California. More generally, this Article evaluates the political landscape in which OA policy is taking shape along the west coast of the United States and highlights elements of a political and policy strategy that would build current momentum on OA in California and elsewhere into a larger, more sustained policy infrastructure capable of addressing coastal issues of environmental resilience and water quality in the context of global change. It concludes by identifying some ways in which OA policy might benefit from action on—and constituencies for—the multiple interacting drivers of environmental change.


Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Ocean acidification
Habitat/Biome Type
North America
United States