Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Habitats

Explore the web's most complete and up-to-date habitat classifications for the shorelines of Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Species Library

Our updated species library features checklists of species found in the Puget Sound watershed, from vertebrates and invertebrates, to plants and algae. Read thousands of descriptions from the Encyclopedia of Life and find status and trends for regional species of concern.  

pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Chemistry

Thousands of different compounds, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are produced and used as part of our daily lives.  Advances in analytical methods have allowed the detection of many of these compounds in the environment.

Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
Document Archive

Our document archive includes a rich history of Puget Sound science, from the State of the Sound to a complete collection of Salish Sea conference proceedings.

The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Our scope

Puget Sound is fed by its many water sources, from high elevation snowmelt to floodplains and wetlands. Articles and accounts feature terrestrial species and environments, as well as nearshore and marine systems. View watershed boundaries.

Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Report

A 2014 report from the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute identifies 23 potential indicators of human wellbeing in the Puget Sound region. These indicators will inform the adoption of Human Quality of Life "Vital Signs" by the Puget Sound Partnership.

Biennial Science Work Plan report cover
Report

Every two years, the state's Puget Sound Science Panel identifies decision-critical science needs for Puget Sound recovery. The 2014-2016 Biennial Science Work Plan is now available for download, along with a non-technical summary of its findings.

Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Biennial Science Work Plan report cover
Featured species

Status report for the Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin. Photo by Peter Hodum, courtesy of WDFW

The tufted puffin is one of the most iconic and recognizable birds in the Puget Sound watershed. It was once common, but scientists now estimate that there are fewer than 3,000 remaining in the state. Last spring, the tufted puffin was named a state endangered species.  

Recent papers

View selected papers and reports related to Puget Sound science. The list is generated monthly through alerts by Google Scholar, and we welcome additional suggestions.

Species of the day

photo of Cerastium arvense (Mouse-ear Chickweed). Source: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/7154231253_1f3ea34ebf_z.jpg
Resources

ERMA: Five years of public access mapping

Pacific Northwest ERMA showing bathymetric contour data

The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is founded on a spirit of collaboration and data sharing. One key Encyclopedia partner is NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Their Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) is our go-to site for web-based spatial data and maps. Whether you are responding to a disaster or doing scientific research, ERMA is a valuable tool featuring over 1,200 publicly accessible data layers.

Read more about ERMA

News

The 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is now accepting proposals for special sessions. Deadline is June 30th. Read more. 

Download EoPS ringtones

As featured in Seattle Magazine.

Defining the watershed

How do we define the Puget Sound watershed? The boundaries are mapped using hydrologic unit codes (HUCs), nationally standardized divisions used by conservation agencies.

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