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.

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.

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.

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
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Biennial Science Work Plan report cover

2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference now accepting proposals for special sessions

The 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is now accepting proposals for special sessions. This year’s conference theme is “Strengthening Connections around Changing Times,” and the deadline for proposals June 30, 2015.

Next year’s conference will be held in Vancouver, B.C. from April 13-15, 2016.

Read more at the conference website.

Papers

Has there been a shift in the Puget Sound food web?

Jellyfish surround a floatplane pontoon. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

A 2015 paper in the Marine Ecology Press Series reports a trend toward more jellyfish and less of some forage fish species in Puget Sound. The paper analyzes more than 40 years of state data, and assesses potential human causes for the shift.

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 Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise). Source: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/images/Harbor%20Porpoise.jpg
Resources

Online resource identifies 'time of emergence' for Puget Sound climate impacts

When and where will we see the impacts of climate change in Puget Sound? A new online tool factors in dozens of site-specific variables for watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. The resource was developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group with support from the EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Center for Data Science, University of Washington-Tacoma.

Read more.

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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