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.

Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Biennial Science Work Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership is collaborating with the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute to prepare an inventory of current scientific research related to Puget Sound recovery. This draft assessment will eventually be available as part of the Partnership's Biennial Science Work Plan. 

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
Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound topic editor Amy Snover recognized as White House Champion of Change

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound climate change topic editor Amy Snover has been honored as a White House Champion of Change for her work in climate change education and literacy. Snover is the Director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and is Assistant Dean for Applied Research in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment.

Featured report

Wellbeing indicators

Human wellbeing indicator wheel

How does human wellbeing contribute to ecosystem recovery? A new report identifies social indicators for Puget Sound.

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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 Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant). Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/5604810575
Magazine

Salish Sea Currents printable flyers

Salish Sea Currents printed flyers

The Salish Sea Currents magazine series has been very popular with our readers. As part of this project, we offer a printer-friendly, 2-page flyer of each story. These PDF flyers, which are suitable for your favorite bulletin board or for distribution at meetings, are available for download within the related links section of each story. We also offer them here for convenience. Enjoy!

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News

EoPS climate change topic editor Amy Snover has been honored as a White House Champion of Change. Read more. 

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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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