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.  

Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Report

Forage fish represent a critical link in the Puget Sound food web, but may be vulnerable on a variety of fronts according to a study panel report from the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute.

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 Paradise 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 report by the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute describes a 2013 workshop to integrate the social sciences into Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring.

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.
Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
The Paradise 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.
Featured report

Eyes Over Puget Sound: Surface Conditions Report

Eyes Over Puget Sound: Surface Conditions Report for August 18, 2014

WA Ecology issued a new surface conditions report for August 18, 2014. The latest on weather, river flow, oxygen, algal blooms, and by-the-wind sailors (Velella velella).

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 Ascaphus truei (Coastal Tailed Frog). Source: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8183/8117185094_f909ff3e36_z.jpg
Magazine

What is killing young salmon in Puget Sound?

Chinook Salmon (juvenile). Credit: Roger Tabor/USFWS. https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/6093338474

Scientists say Puget Sound’s salmon are dying young and point to low growth rates in the marine environment as a possible cause. In Part 1 of this two-part series, scientists consider threats facing young salmon in the open waters of Puget Sound.

Read more about juvenile salmon mortality in Salish Sea Currents.

News

New in Salish Sea Currents: Scientists say Puget Sound’s salmon are dying young and point to low growth rates in the marine environment as a possible cause. Read more. 

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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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